A terrifying new deepfake viral video reveals Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader performing an impression of Tom Cruise, together with the video revealing Hader’s face subtlety and creepily morphing in the Hollywood celebrity.
The bizarre clip of his 2008 look on David Letterman’s late-night show was viewed more than 3 million times as of Tuesday morning, garnering a vast range of reactions in the remarks.
Gavin Sheridan, who works in tech, tweeted about the viral clip:”Imagine when this is properly weaponised [sic] on top of fractured and extreme online ecosystems and people stop believing their eyes and ears”
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Sheridan continued:”Authentic movies will be called fake videos, fake videos will be called true videos. Individuals steered towards phoning news outlets’fake’, will stop believing their own eyes. People who wish to think their own model of reality will have all the movies that they need to support it.”
One of the commenters on YouTube wrote:”I’m always amazed with brand new technology, but this really is scary.”
For decades, academic researchers, technologists and privacy advocates have been sounding the alarm about deepfakes — that allow for movie and audio to be manipulated — amid worries that the technology could be utilised to upend the 2020 presidential election or wreak other varieties of chaos.
In May, a broadly circulated movie of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stayed on Facebook despite being digitally manipulated to generate the congresswoman seem drunk or senile.
The YouTube channel where the Hader-Cruise video was originally posted features a range of different celebrities morphing to other actors too, including Jim Carrey as Jack Nicholson in”The Shining.
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The channel’s creator, a Slovakian citizen who goes by the name of Tom (no last name), describes his deepfake videos as”entertaining” and”windows to parallel universes.”
“Do not believe everything that you see on the internet,” he says.
Tom told The Guardian that he doesn’t watch deepfake videos as being threatening as fake news posts.
“It’s an arms race: somebody is creating deepfakes, someone else is working on other technologies that may detect keepsakes. I don’t see it since the end of the world like many individuals do,” he told the British news website.
Tom proceeded to describe he hopes his keepsakes will increase the public’s awareness of the technology’s potential for abuse. “People need to learn to become critical. The general public are aware that photos may be Photoshopped, but they haven’t any idea this could be done with video