According to Wikipedia, Deepfakes are synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness. While the act of creating fake content is not new, deepfakes leverage powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate visual and audio content that can more easily deceive. The main machine learning methods used to create deepfakes are based on deep learning and involve training generative neural network architectures, such as autoencoders, or generative adversarial networks (GANs).
Deepfakes have garnered widespread attention for their potential use in creating celebrity pornographic videos, fake news, hoaxes, bullying, and financial fraud. This has elicited responses from both industry and government to detect and limit their use.
Last weekend I stumbled on the Amazon Prime Mystery Thriller series called “The Capture” (second season). A clip from season 2 is presented below.