Deepfake’s synthetic realities

The emergence of new technologies always leads to discussions about the limits of science. The creation of new realities is no exception; Deepfake has sparked a new debate.

Deepfake is a " fake " created by means of artificial intelligence. Antagonistic generative network (AGN) algorithms, make it possible to place fake elements in videos, audios, images, video games and other multimedia products. The technology can even generate virtual actors for films or "resurrect" deceased actors by putting their face on the body of another actor. It does indeed appear to be a very valuable technology that will contribute to the growth of different industries.

However, this technology can be misused, for example to create fake stories about people or to embarrass celebrities. The development of Deepfake falls into the category of synthetic media, a term that denominates the creation of new documents on the basis of a compound of synthesized information.

Synthetic realities can help in many areas, in education, they can bring virtual teachers into disadvantaged areas, facilitate meetings at a distance between politicians or businessmen, giving the sensation of being in the same room.

Is it possible to connect with a synthetic person or environment? Will we be able to discern between synthetic reality and the natural world? Will we want to leave an idyllically created world?

At Air Institute we strive to improve the technologies that can provide us with advanced solutions, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Thanks to the efforts of researchers working in synthetic reality we will soon be able to find the answers to these and other questions.