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Deepfakes in Memes & Pornos

Memers are making deepfakes, and things are getting weird – The rapidly increasing accessibility of the technology raises new concerns about its abuse. – Grace Windheim had heard of deepfakes before. But she had never considered how to make one. It was a viral meme using the technology that led her to research the possibility – and discover that it was super easy and completely free. – Within a day, she had created a step-by-step YouTube tutorial to walk others through the process. ‚Making one of these deepfakes and overlaying audio is not as complicated as you may think,‘ she says in the video, published on August 4. It has since been viewed over 360,000 times. … Deepfakes are not inherently bad. The technology has already been used by artists, educators, and others as a powerful new tool for creative expression. In February, for example, Time magazine used deepfakes to re-create the experience of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his ‚I Have a Dream‘ speech in virtual reality. Ultimately, regulators need to define what is appropriate use and what could lead to harm.“

MIT Technology Review

Deepfake porn is now mainstream. And major sites are cashing in – Non-consensual deepfake videos, that humiliate and demean women, are racking up millions of views on mainstream porn sites. Nothing is being done about them – Hundreds of explicit deepfake videos featuring female celebrities, actresses and musicians are being uploaded to the world’s biggest pornography websites every month, new analysis shows. The non-consensual videos rack up millions of views and porn companies are still failing to remove them from their websites. … ‚This technology is out there and it is evolving at a rate that is much faster than society can keep up with,‘ she adds. ‚We are not ready for the age of synthetic media where even video becomes something that almost anybody can corrupt‘. To fight this, Schick says, multiple people need to be involved – technologists, the public, domain specific experts, policy officials, and lawmakers. Right now, however, that’s not happening.“


TikTok: China beschränkt Verkauf

TikTok parent ByteDance says it will ‘strictly follow’ China export controls – While Beijing has repeatedly spoken out against Washington’s pressure on Huawei, it has remained relatively quiet amid TikTok’s recent struggles in the U.S. As the red-hot video app approaches a final sale in the U.S., however, the Chinese authority moved unexpectedly to make the deal more complicated to go through. – On late Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce updated its export control categories to cover artificial intelligence technologies. AI is the anchor of ByteDance products including TikTok, which has thrived on customized content surfaced by machines. The next day, China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted scholar Cui Fan as saying the updated rules could apply to ByteDance. … On late Sunday, TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance issued a statement saying it will ’strictly follow‘ the new technology export rules and handle its ‚related export businesses.'“


Visa NFC gehackt: Zahlen ohne PIN

„Zahlen ohne PIN – Forscher knacken Visas NFCBezahlfunktion – Kontaktlos und ohne PIN bezahlten Forscher mit einer Visa-Karte quasi beliebig teure Produkte. – Das kontaktlose Bezahlen mit Karte funktioniert nur bis zu typischerweise 30-50 Euro ohne PIN. Für teure Bezahlvorgänge wird normalerweise doch die PIN abgefragt. Das soll den Missbrauch von gestohlenen Karten einschränken. Doch Forscher der ETH Zürich demonstrierten, dass sich zumindest bei Visa-Karten diese PIN-Abfrage leicht umgehen lässt.“


Neuralink: Musk stellt Prototyp vor

Musk zeigt Prototyp für Verbindung zwischen Gehirn und Smartphone – Es klingt wie Science-Fiction: Ein Chip im Kopf kommuniziert mit dem Smartphone und kann Nervenschäden überbrücken. Doch das Gerät funktioniert, betont Musk. – Tech-Milliardär Elon Musk macht Fortschritte bei seinem Plan, eine elektronische Verbindung zum menschlichen Gehirn zu schaffen. Musk präsentierte am Freitag den Prototyp eines Geräts seiner Firma Neuralink, das Informationen zwischen Neuronen und einem Smartphone übermitteln kann. Es ist rund mit einem Durchmesser von 23 Millimetern bei 8 Millimetern Dicke und soll im Schädel positioniert werden.“