The news: Google is banning the training of AI systems that can be used to create deepfakes on its platforms like Google Colaboratory, per TechCrunch.
Disallowing deepfakes: Deepfakes, which superimpose a person’s face on top of another to create realistic videos, have become increasingly realistic thanks to artificial intelligence. AI can match body movements, microexpressions, and skin tones more accurately than CGI animation.
The bigger picture: “Deterring abuse is an ever-evolving game, and we cannot disclose specific methods as counterparties can take advantage of the knowledge to evade detection systems,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch. “In general, we have automated systems that detect and prohibit many types of abuse.”
What’s next? Google and other companies looking to regulate deepfake AI will need to enforce more comprehensive controls to effectively clamp down on its use.
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