[Open Tech Club] Deepfakes... or Derpfakes? (Monday 6PM)

Open Tech Club presents:

**DEEPFAKES… OR DERPFAKES?

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**

Monday 6PM

BBB B101

Alright, its the current
year
still and, when the current year is 2019, that can mean
only one thing…

DEEPFAKES!!!

  In case anyone hasn't heard of deepfakes already, they're

computer-processed media clips that take filmed video or audio and
modify it in significant ways, often materially changing the
contents. Examples abound: here ,
here ,
and, relevant to last week’s meeting, here.

  Let's sit around, eat free pizza, drink free La Croix (or beer,

your pick), and pontificate to one another about deepfakes. We
will discuss such important topics as:

“Why have deepfakes only blown up recently?”

  "Are deepfakes a good thing or a bad thing? From what

perspective?"

  "Does this mean I don't need to worry about being (short/ugly/a

stutterer) anymore?"

“They don’t have deepfakes in Russia or
China ,
right?”

“Yeehaw! Where can I get me one?”

And so on.

  Assuming club opinion doesn't coalesce around deepfakes being the

endoftheworldasweknowit ,
I’m thinking it’d be cool to have a tutorial on making some sort
of simple deep fake next week. If anyone knows of an easy-to-use,
open source deepfake library, ideally one with a ready-made
tutorial, reply to this thread and maybe we can use it!

In fakeness,

Dylon

  p.s. I was going to coin the term "derpfakes" here, but,

unsurprisingly, someone beat
me to it
almost two years ago.

  p.p.s. The Caltech Club Fair is next Friday, from 5pm to 7pm.

This is a really easy way to recruit new members. So, if anyone
wants to come chat with new students, even just for part of the
time, let me know! Also, if you feel inspired to put together a
small half-page flier that we can hand out, let me know that, too.

Reminder. Great(?) minds will be convening at ** 6pm tonight in
BBB B101**.

In the interim, here’s a really interesting deepfake example: Terminator 2
Starring Sylvester Stallone

  Admittedly, The Terminator has exactly one facial expression, so

doing a face swap between two fairly similar-looking actors in
this context isn’t the most difficult computational task. Still,
it’s pretty convincing… except for the few spots where there are
clear glitches across the Terminator’s face, giving away the fact
that it’s all computer-generated.

Very cool, if you ask me.

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On 9/27/19 4:35 PM, Dylan Bannon wrote:

Open Tech Club presents:

**DEEPFAKES… OR DERPFAKES?
**

Monday 6PM

BBB B101

Alright, its the current
year
still and, when the current year is 2019, that can
mean only one thing…

DEEPFAKES!!!

    In case anyone hasn't heard of deepfakes already, they're

computer-processed media clips that take filmed video or audio
and modify it in significant ways, often materially changing the
contents. Examples abound: here ,
here ,
and, relevant to last week’s meeting, here.

    Let's sit around, eat free pizza, drink free La Croix (or beer,

your pick), and pontificate to one another about deepfakes. We
will discuss such important topics as:

“Why have deepfakes only blown up recently?”

    "Are deepfakes a good thing or a bad thing? From what

perspective?"

    "Does this mean I don't need to worry about being (short/ugly/a

stutterer) anymore?"

“They don’t have deepfakes in Russia
or China ,
right?”

“Yeehaw! Where can I get me one?”

And so on.

    Assuming club opinion doesn't coalesce around deepfakes being

the endoftheworldasweknowit ,
I’m thinking it’d be cool to have a tutorial on making some sort
of simple deep fake next week. If anyone knows of an
easy-to-use, open source deepfake library, ideally one with a
ready-made tutorial, reply to this thread and maybe we can use
it!

In fakeness,

Dylon

    p.s. I was going to coin the term "derpfakes" here, but,

unsurprisingly, someone beat
me to it
almost two years ago.

    p.p.s. The Caltech Club Fair is next Friday, from 5pm to 7pm.

This is a really easy way to recruit new members. So, if anyone
wants to come chat with new students, even just for part of the
time, let me know! Also, if you feel inspired to put together a
small half-page flier that we can hand out, let me know that,
too.