Expert warns of terrifying potential of digitallyaltered video
Alec Baldwin is to some a perfect stand-in for President Donald Trump. But in a digitally-altered video online, the president's face has been digitally stamped onto Baldwin's performance.
It's part of a wave of doctored audio and video now spreading online.
"The idea that someone could put another person's face on an individual's body, that would be like a homerun for anyone who wants to interfere in a political process," said Virginia Senator Mark Warner. He believes manipulated video could be a game-changer in global politics.
"This is now going to be the new reality, surely by 2020, but potentially even as early as this year," he said.
"Derpfakes" is the anonymous YouTuber who has made fake videos of President Trump, Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin, based off of performances by the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
In a message to CBS News, he said he does it for "fun." And though he sees the potential for fake news, he adds: "People will have to adapt as the tech is here to stay."
Hany Farid runs a lab at Dartmouth University aimed at exposing digital fakes.
Correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked Farid, "Are we ready for this?"
"No. We are absolutely not ready for this. We are absolutely not ready for it," Farid replied. "On so many different levels, we're not ready for it."
For starters, Dokoupil asked Farid to make a fake video. "I want to replace your face with Nicholas Cage's," he said.
Why Nick Cage? "Just because it's awesome," Farid laughed. "No other reason."
The result:Â "You can look at that all day long, and that, I tell you, is a pretty compelling fake," Farid said.
The method, recently published online by an anonymous developer, is one of several that Farid is tracking. This program demonstrated in the video below can change facial expressions in real-time.
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