2/ Yesterday @OPB confirmed that this federal force, wearing camouflage with bold "POLICE" lettering on the front—but no badges or other identification—were "driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing people off the street." opb.org/news/article/f…
The police officer to press at Mt. Rushmore: "Little heads up right now, you might want to back down the hill. You're not going to like the effects coming. It's not going to be a pleasant smell ... You can stay here, but it's going to be very irritating."
Ah, wonderful, Richard Spencer is back in the news.
The veracity of an audio recording is at the core of this story—& since it’s increasingly likely that recorded audio/video will play a role in the 2020 US election, I’m using the moment to share a thread about deepfakes.
1/ Some background: I cover deepfakes as part of my automation & emerging tech focus on Forbes. I also curate new media art shows, so I have a front row seat for the most dynamic approaches to new technologies. forbes.com/sites/jessedam…
2/ Deepfakes are a category of synthetic media produced using a form of Deep Learning called Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to generate fake videos or edited versions of real ones with face/body substitution. cnn.com/videos/busines…
Deepfakes, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Collapse of Consensus Reality and Love the Creative Potential.
In this video, Bill Hader morphs into Tom Cruise and Seth Rogen only WHILE impersonating them—with transitions that are virtually seamless to the human eye (via @ctrl_shift_face 🙌). It’s an undeniably genius use of the deepfake format.
@ctrl_shift_face I’ve noticed that every time deepfakes come up in conversation, people get squirrely. The concern is that in the future, this tech will be used to weaponize likenesses for propaganda (ie. a video of Trump preaching the merits of an open border).
AI in XR has been the buzziest lately, with companies like Artie, Fable, and others doing incredible work to push forward the notion that AI will become the backbone (UI, OS, etc) of interaction with the immersive world. forbes.com/sites/jessedam…
Just saw the @ReadyPlayerOne movie and want to know how it stacks up against the reality of virtual reality? This thread that breaks down what RP1 gets right, not-quite-right, and flat-out wrong about the future of #VR, immersion, & the metaverse.
We’ll also examine the tech #ReadyPlayerOne left out altogether. After all, the film is set in 2045, and given the exponential rate of technological advancement, 27 years will likely yield some dramatic changes in society.
There are a few articles that have pointed out some of the basics, but having worked in the industry for 4+ years, I want to paint a fuller picture of our impending reality, with RP1 as the jumping-off point.
Many friends have expressed interest in learning more about the VR/AR landscape, but don’t know where to start. As an active member of this community for 4+ years, I thought I’d kick off a recurring #FF thread of the people you need to pay attention in XR.
Keep an eye out for new names every Friday 💪 NOTE: this is not a comprehensive/ranked list. These are people who I have known to be valuable sources in #VR, #AR, & #MR.
You have to start with the Voice of VR himself: @KentBye. Armed with his trusty microphone, he’s become a fixture at conferences—not just for his expansive knowledge in emerging technologies (check out his new @voicesofai podcast), but for his killer dance moves.