Google steps up battle on ‘deepfakes’ with data release

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Technology giants are releasing "large datasets of visual deep fakes that we have created" that can be used as a benchmark to determine whether video has changed.

Famous startups and high tech leaders gathered at the Google logo at Viva Tech in Paris, France on May 16, 2019.

Famous startups and high tech leaders gathered at the Google logo at Viva Tech in Paris, France on May 16, 2019.
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Google said Wednesday it is stepping up its efforts to fight "deep fake" by releasing new data that helps detect artificially crafted video.

Technology giants are releasing "large datasets of visual deep fakes that we have created" that can be used as a benchmark to determine whether video has changed.

There is growing concern that deep fakes, basically edited images or videos, can be used to discord or confuse election campaigns.

Some analysts expect realistic deep fakes to be used to disrupt the 2020 US elections.

"Last year we created hundreds of videos with paid and consent actors to create this dataset," said Nick Dufour of Google Research, a separate research unit of the Google Parent Alphabet, and Andrew Gully of Jigsaw.

"We created thousands of deep fakes from these videos using the publicly available deep fake generation method. Real and fake video are contributions made to directly support deep fake detection."

Earlier this year, Google released synthetic audio data in the same effort and worked with industry partners to detect and prevent deep fakes.

"Deep fake detection is one of the most important challenges before us," said Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer.

Yasmin Green, the director of jigsaw research, told the researchers that it meant "the largest and most diverse public data set."

Source: AFP

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