Adobe Just Made a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Deep Fakes

As technology continues to progress and get ever more advanced, the malicious uses of various kinds of tech have inevitably started to grow as well. Development in AI based video generators and editors have resulted in the rise of Deep Fakes which are often malicious, though sometimes innocent and humorous, video clips of real people that look almost indistinguishable from the real thing despite being more or less entirely fake. This is done by feeding previous videos and images into the AI which allows it to generate a Deep Fake of the person in question.

It’s easy to see how this can be used maliciously. Deep Fakes can be used to spread all kinds of propaganda, and the gullibility that results in misinformation being spread so rapidly online means that fake videos can create a crisis of trust if they get advanced enough. It is currently relatively easy to tell when a video is a Deep Fake due to the uncanny valley effect, but this could change in the coming years as the AI learns more and becomes better at its job.

Adobe along with a wide range of other tech companies like Microsoft and Twitter has just made a breakthrough that can help people see when something is a deep fake and when it’s real. This milestone is essentially a tool that can verify the authenticity of a particular video clip or image as well as tell you when it was first created. This tool can also help people see if any changes were made to a particular piece of content which is even more important than the former.
Adobe first revealed this feature in its unfinished form on PhotoShop last year, and the fact that they have managed to roll out a finished product so quickly is impressive in its own right. The company will be making this tool open source so that misinformation can be fought against and so that content creators can have an easier time proving whether or not something is actually their creation. Adobe plans to move on to audio file verification next along with making further improvements to this protocols since it is just the first version that has been released so far.

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