In December, a horny trend began hatching on Reddit thanks to one user’s ability to use machine learning algorithms to create videos with celebrities’ faces superimposed onto porn stars bodies. Naturally, the internet has taken it a step further — as it tends to do — and superimposed Nic Cage into a bunch of movies that he’s not in.
In late 2017, Motherboard reported on the uncanny valley porno originating from a redditor by the name of Deepfakes. Since then, the term Deepfakes has transformed into a genre for describing this style of video, and it’s now being used to inserting Nic Cage’s face into a shocking number of films; from Louise Lane in Superman to Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Arc.
The trend has spawned its own subreddit that includes a link on how to create deepfakes yourself, using a desktop app called Fakeapp that runs an algorithm for creating videos. The videos don’t really fool anyone, but that’s not really the point.
In the case of Cage, the videos are purely funny. In the case of porn, however, this kind of deep learning technology is only getting more and more sophisticated, and from that standpoint, we might want to be worried.
At time of writing, the Deepfakes subreddit had over 56,000 subscribers. In a follow-up article, Motherboard reached the creator of Fakeapp, who goes by DeepFakeApp, who said: >“I think the current version of the app is a good start, but I hope to streamline it even more in the coming days and weeks. Read more from inverse.com…
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