Hundreds of AI luminaries sign letter calling for anti-deepfake legislation

Hundreds in the artificial intelligence community have signed an open letter calling for strict regulation of AI-generated impersonations, or deepfakes. While this is unlikely to spur real legislation

Tech giants sign voluntary pledge to fight election-related deepfakes

Tech companies are pledging to fight election-related deepfakes as policymakers amp up pressure. Today at the Munich Security Conference, vendors including Microsoft, Meta, Google, Amazon, Adobe and I

FTC seeks to modify rule to combat deepfakes

Spurred by the growing threat of deepfakes, the FTC is seeking to modify an existing rule that bans the impersonation of businesses or government agencies to cover all consumers. The revised rule &#82

Clarity raises $16M to fight deepfakes through detection

Fake porn of Taylor Swift. Photorealistic — but fictionalized — images of Gaza. The list of disconcerting deepfakes goes on, and — as deepfake-creating tools grow easier and cheaper

Oversight Board calls on Meta to rewrite ‘incoherent’ rules against faked videos

The Oversight Board, the external advisory group that Meta created to review its moderation decisions on Facebook and Instagram, issued a decision on Monday concerning a doctored seven-second video of

Swift retaliation: Fans strike back after explicit deepfakes flood X

Nonconsensual deepfake porn of Taylor Swift went viral on X this week, with one post garnering more than 45 million views, 24,000 reposts and hundreds of thousands of likes before it was removed. The

Fox partners with Polygon Labs to tackle deepfake distrust

As deepfakes proliferate, their ability to mislead and sow distrust is becoming of major concern to security experts — and the general public. A recent survey from McAfee found that the vast maj

Sony’s new ‘digital birth certificate’ for imaging tech smells a lot like NFTs

Sony is breaking new ground in the ongoing NFTs and content authenticity saga. At CES 2024 in Las Vegas, the conglomerate known for its electronics, gaming, and entertainment products has announced th

‘Animate Anyone’ heralds the approach of full-motion deepfakes

As if still-image deepfakes aren’t bad enough, we may soon have to contend with generated videos of anyone who dares to put a photo of themselves online: with Animate Anyone, bad actors can pupp

India seeks to regulate deepfakes amid ethical concerns

India is drafting rules to detect and limit the spread of deepfake content and other harmful AI media, a senior lawmaker said Thursday, following reports of proliferation of such content on social med

Microsoft launches a deepfakes creator at Ignite 2023 event

One of the more unexpected products to launch out of the Microsoft Ignite 2023 event is a tool that can create a photorealistic avatar of a person and animate that avatar saying things that the perso

YouTube adapts its policies for the coming surge of AI videos

YouTube today announced how it will approach handling AI-created content on its platform with a range of new policies surrounding responsible disclosure as well as new tools for requesting the removal

Yepic fail: This startup promised not to make deepfakes without consent, but did anyway

U.K.-based startup Yepic AI claims to use “deepfakes for good” and promises to “never reenact someone without their consent.” But the company did exactly what it claimed it nev

How badly will AI-generated images impact elections?

There’s a very high risk that artificial intelligence (AI) will put the integrity of the election process into question.

‘Universal translator’ dubs and lip-syncs speakers — but Google warns against misuse

Google is testing a powerful new translation service that redubs video in a new language while also synchronizing the speaker’s lips with words they never spoke. It could be very useful for a lo

South Park creators’ deepfake video startup Deep Voodoo conjures $20M in new funding

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park and various other media over the years, have raised $20 million to continue work on their professional deepfake studio for creators, Deep Voodoo. The lands fresh investment to grow its synthetic media platform, a self-described synthetic media production platform, today announced that it raised $10.6 million in a Series A round led by Red Ventures with participation from Silver Lake and 8VC. CEO

AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.

A red-headed woman stands on the moon, her face obscured. Her naked body looks like it belongs on a poster you’d find on a hormonal teenager’s bedroom wall — that is, until you reach her tor

Twitter. Whistle. Blown. (and other TC news)

This week on The TechCrunch Podcast we’re talking to Zack Whittaker about TechCrunch’s new spyware lookup tool and a whistleblower complaint against Twitter alleging massive security issues. Tim D

Deepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questions

A new open source AI image generator capable of producing realistic pictures from any text prompt has seen stunningly swift uptake in its first week. Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion, high fideli
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