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Seeing Is No Longer Believing As DeepFake Videos Created With AI Makes Fantasy Indistinguishable From Reality, And That’s A Huge Problem

Imagining how a deepfake video could quickly create a very scary real-world scenario is not hard, and the people at DARPA on working on it around the clock.

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats responded by saying emerging technology like deepfakes pose “a major threat to the United States and it’s something the intelligence community needs to be restructured to address.”

For many of you reading this article, you are probably not familiar with the term ‘deepfake’, but from the sound of it, you can most likely figure it out. A deepfake is the combining of real images of people with real voices, then processing it through very powerful AI, with the end result being a video of a real person in their own voice saying and doing things they have never said or done. If that doesn’t terrify you, it’s only because you haven’t stopped to consider the possibility of you being the star of a deepfake production.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJV)

This sin-cursed world is heading at breakneck speed to its date with destiny where the armies of Antichrist will meet to do battle with the King of Kings and His redeemed army on white horses in the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming, after the born again Church is removed in the Pretribulation Rapture. But along the way, you can absolutely expect to see things you never thought possible.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJV)

Our love affair with technology is a funny thing. We speak into a box we hold in our hands, and never give it a second thought how on earth it is possible to look into that box to see and hear the person on the other end. AI is almost at a point now where the 2D imagery is getting ready to step out of the box and become 3D.  And as we hurtle headlong into this scary and uncertain future, it’s time to get out of the box and back into The Book.

‘Deepfake’ videos that can make anyone say anything worry U.S. intelligence agencies like DARPA

FROM FOX 5 NY: A video of a seemingly real news anchor, reading a patently false script saying things like the “subways always run on time” and “New York City pizza is definitely not as good as Chicago” gives a whole new meaning to the term fake news.

But that fake news anchor is a real example of a fascinating new technology with frightening potential uses. I was stunned watching the Frankenstein mix of Steve Lacy’s voice coming out of what looks like my mouth.

The video is what is known as a deepfake: a computer-generated clip using an algorithm that learned my face so well that is can recreate it with remarkable accuracy.

My generated face can be swapped onto someone else’s head (like that original video with Steve) or it can be used to make me look like I’m saying things I’ve never said. For this piece, I worked with Lyu and his team at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany.

For many people, seeing is believing. “I would say it’s not 100% true anymore,” Lyu said.

Their deepfake research is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which acts as the research and development wing of the U.S. Defense Department. They’re working to develop a set of tools the government and public can use to detect and combat the rise of deep fakes.

“What we’re doing here is providing a kind of detection method to authenticate these videos,” Lyu said.

What’s more, deepfakes technically aren’t that hard to make. All it takes is a few seconds of video of someone, a powerful computer, and some code, which Lyu and his team don’t release publicly.

“The real danger, I believe, is the fact that the line between what is real and what is fake is blurred because of the existence of this kind of technology,” Lyu said.

But it is about more than just a news anchor face-swap experiment. The power to make a video of anybody saying anything is alarming.

Even the former president is raising red flags. The funny thing is (as you see in the video) that is not Barack Obama. The video is a deep fake. Actor Jordan Peele is impersonating Obama’s voice. The algorithm is doing the rest. It’s meant to be a PSA about the dangers of deep fakes.

“Moving forward we need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the internet,” fake Obama warns.

Imagining how a deepfake video could quickly create a very scary real-world scenario is not hard.

Say, for instance, a video of a world leader, such as Vladimir Putin, pops up on the internet declaring war on another country, or, maybe, the head of a major company announcing his or her abrupt resignation, putting the markets in a tailspin.

Videos like that can spread like wildfire before fact checkers, journalists, and governments even have the chance to authenticate it. And the U.S. government is paying attention. Deep fakes were a topic at the recent worldwide threats hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Making a deepfake video is a lot like translating between languages. Services like Google Translate use machine learning – computer analysis of tens of thousands of texts in multiple languages – to detect word-use patterns that they use to create the translation. source

“Are we organized in a way where we could possibly respond fast enough to a catastrophic deep fakes attack?” Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, asked a panel of the heads of the nation’s intelligence agencies.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats responded by saying emerging technology like deep fakes pose “a major threat to the United States and it’s something the intelligence community needs to be restructured to address.”

House Intelligence Committee member Sean Patrick Maloney told Fox 5 News, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

“Because when you start to get a look at these deep fake videos, which are compelling but false, it’s an order of magnitude more serious than anything we’ve seen to date,” Maloney added. “That’s why it’s important we get there first, deter the bad guys, and ask the private sector to step up.”

That’s where Lyu’s research comes in. His main focus is actually detecting and preventing deep fakes.

“It’s a cat-and-mouse kind of game. Each side wants to get a little bit of an edge over the other,” he said. “And this actually, for the good part, gives us motivation and incentive to grow this research field.”

But as the research grows, so will the quality of the deep fake videos being produced, which will make differentiating between what’s real and what isn’t increasingly difficult. That is why they’re working to develop this set of tools right now to be deployed down the road.

“Our challenge is: how do you build the algorithm to identify the anomaly?” Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, offered at that recent Senate threats hearing. “Because every deep fake has a flaw. At least now they do.” READ MORE

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OpenAI Disbands Safety Team That Was Put In Place So Artificial Intelligence Would Have Safeguards In Mad Rush To Bring About The Singularity

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OpenAI on Friday confirmed that it has disbanded a team devoted to mitigating the long-term dangers of super-smart artificial intelligence.

The changes are happening so fast now that you might not even be aware that you are living in a science fiction futuristic movie where AI computer technology catches up with every day human life, beginning the process of taking over everything on every level. Your King James Bible has long shown you end times technology, you just didn’t know what it was when you read it. Now you do.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJB)

We live in the southernmost state in America, in the country, surrounded by bucolic views of gorgeous farmland with scenes that likely have not changed much in a century. Life appears to move slower down here, yet it does not. Everyday I get in my car to drive to work, up to 30 different microchips spring into action to allow the smooth-running of my Jeep. I go to make a phone call while I ride, but first must pass the facial recognition shield protecting my mobile device. Far overhead, a ring of thousands of satellites are circling the Earth, constantly monitoring activity far below. It is at that moment it hits me again that we are living in very modern times, in fact, living in the future that writers, artists and filmmakers said would one day arrive. It is here. Headlines announcing Air Force pilots encountering UFOs barely get a notice anymore, everyone knows ‘they’ are here now, it’s become commonplace. We are the generation that sees the merging of man and machine, but we are also the generation that boards Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines. That’s what time it is.

OpenAI disbands team devoted to artificial intelligence risks

FROM YAHOO! TECH NEWS: OpenAI weeks ago began dissolving the so-called “superalignment” group, integrating members into other projects and research, according to the San Francisco-based firm. Company co-founder Ilya Sutskever and team co-leader Jan Leike announced their departures from the ChatGPT-maker this week.

The dismantling of an OpenAI team focused on keeping sophisticated artificial intelligence under control comes as such technology faces increased scrutiny from regulators and fears mount regarding its dangers.

“OpenAI must become a safety-first AGI (artificial general intelligence) company,” Leike wrote Friday in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Leike called on all OpenAI employees to “act with the gravitas” warranted by what they are building. OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman responded to Leike’s post with one of his own, thanking him for his work at the company and saying he was sad to see Leike leave.

“He’s right we have a lot more to do,” Altman said. “We are committed to doing it.”

Altman promised more on the topic in the coming days. Sutskever said on X that he was leaving after almost a decade at OpenAI, whose “trajectory has been nothing short of miraculous.”

“I’m confident that OpenAI will build AGI that is both safe and beneficial,” he added, referring to computer technology that seeks to perform as well as — or better than — human cognition.

Sutskever, OpenAI’s chief scientist, sat on the board that voted to remove fellow chief executive Altman in November last year.

The ousting threw the San Francisco-based startup into a tumult, with the OpenAI board hiring Altman back a few days later after staff and investors rebelled. OpenAI early this week released a higher-performing and even more human-like version of the artificial intelligence technology that underpins ChatGPT, making it free to all users.

“It feels like AI from the movies,” Altman said in a blog post.

Altman has previously pointed to the Scarlett Johansson character in the movie “Her,” where she voices an AI-based virtual assistant dating a man, as an inspiration for where he would like AI interactions to go.

The day will come when “digital brains will become as good and even better than our own,” Sutskever said during a talk at a TED AI summit in San Francisco late last year. “AGI will have a dramatic impact on every area of life.” READ MORE

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Please Give A Hearty End Times Welcome To ‘Thermonator’, The World’s First Flamethrower-Wielding Robot Attack Dog Straight Out Of Revelation

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While it may sound like an episode of Black Mirror, Americans can now purchase a flamethrower-wielding robot dog online from Throwflame called Thermonator.

Have you ever spent a hot, summer afternoon at a water park? I have, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. There is this curious moment that takes place after you enter into the water, right before the thundering force of the jets carry you forward. In that brief, little space, you are calm and peaceful, luxuriously basking in the cool water. Then you reach the main current and woosh!! you go at what feels like a million miles per hour. This is where we are right now with the incoming tide of AI and robot technology, in that brief little moment before the avalanche sweeps us inexorably forward into only God knows what’s coming next.

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Habakkuk 1:5 (KJB)

The opening years of the 20th century was an overwhelming outpouring of information and global travel and exploration, exactly as Daniel had foreseen in chapter 12 of his book. In America, so many new things were being invented that we felt that nothing was out of our reach, and that we were on the verge of create a thousand year reign of peace and prosperity. Many of the Christian scholars were amillennial, secure in their thinking that we were ‘bringing in the kingdom’. Then WWI hit, and the world watch as all that technology we had just invented was now being used to wage war as never seen before in entire annals of human history. Soldiers literally went insane watching the ‘benefits of modern technology’ helping them to live a ‘better and more prosperous life’. Now here in 2024 we have flamethrower-wielding robot dogs named Thermonator here to meet all our flamethrowing needs as Hell continues to enlarge itself. Check your watch, Christian, it’s later than you think.

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Meet the Thermonator: First ever flamethrowing robot dog that shoots jets of fire up to 30 feet hits US market

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Ohio-based Throwflame opened sales for its ‘Thermonator’ Tuesday, selling its 37-pound quadruped machine for $9,420 that is legal in all US states except Maryland. A demonstration video shows a Thermonator creeping and jumping through a forest before torching its surroundings with a 30-foot jet of fire spewing from a flame thrower on its back. Throwflame, based in Cleveland, claims to be the oldest flamethrower manufacturer in the US.

The company released the first-ever full-sized, commercially available flamethrower in 2015, which shoots flames up to 50 feet. ‘This unregulated flamethrower sparked a significant media response relating to legality,’ Throwflame shared on its website. ‘However, flamethrowers remain federally unregulated. This means anyone can buy one without background checks or a waiting period.’

Thermonator appears to be designed like most quadruped robots but has one of Throwflame’s devices attached to its back. The robot dog boasts a variety of cameras and sensors, allowing it to autonomously move throughout its surroundings and find targets to set ablaze. The machine is remotely operated – the demonstration video shows a handler controlling it with a smartphone.

Social media users have weighed in on the machine, comparing it to an episode in the fourth season of Black Mirror titled ‘Metalhead.’

The episode explores what could happen if these machines turned on us, revealing the terrifying quest for survival in a world where robo-dogs can outrun and outsmart humans. X user Rob Sheepe posted: ‘Some real-life Black Mirror ‘Metalhead’ terror right here. How is this legal?’

However, Maryland is the only US state that bans flamethrowers – California requires a permit to own one. Possessing or using a flamethrower in Maryland is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to 25 years imprisonment.  In 2015, Congress introduced a bill that would treat flamethrowers like machine guns, but was stalled and later dismissed. READ MORE

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Should You Be Scared? OpenAI Introduces Sora ‘Text-To-Video’ AI That Absolutely Stuns Social Media With Mind-Bending PhotoReality

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OpenAI is launching a new video-generation model, and it’s called Sora. The AI company says Sora ‘can create realistic and imaginative scenes from text instructions.’

Social media right now is on fire, in a total state of shock over the new hyper-realistic videos created in under 30 second by an AI program called Sora from OpenAI. It is the most-realistic AI video you’ve ever seen, and text-to-video technology is still very much in it’s infancy. For a comparison, think of how different things had been if the first plane successfully flown at Kitty Hawk would have done 60 miles-per-hour instead of the 6.8 MPH it actually did. That would have made for a completely different development curve. That’s Sora, and she’s here to blow your mind.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJB)

We are right now in a period of time where AI programs like Sora can be given a text prompt like “show me two kittens eating tacos in a snowstorm in August”, and in under 30 seconds you are looking at that video. What does that mean? It means that from this moment on, no photo can be trusted, no video believed, there is zero guarantee that anything we are shown from this point on is actually real. These text-to-video creations are starting hyper-realistic, but in a few months to a year they will be indistinguishable from an actual video or movie. AI is like that old movie ‘The Blob’ with Steve McQueen in the 1950’s. It’s oozing out of every crack and crevice, and there is no where to go to get away from it. AI is of the Devil, and it’s here to prepare the world for the arrival of Antichrist.

Now, the really mind-blowing part of all this is that the videos are created from words, spoken or typed, and the AI ‘gives birth’ to the video. God created everything using words. AI so very much has the fingerprint of the Devil all over it. Avoid it for as long as you can, but fair warning, soon it will be impossible to avoid.

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OpenAI introduces Sora, its text-to-video AI model

FROM THE VERGE: Sora is capable of creating “complex scenes with multiple characters, specific types of motion, and accurate details of the subject and background,” according to OpenAI’s introductory blog post. The text-to-video model allows users to create photorealistic videos up to a minute long — all based on prompts they’ve written.

The company also notes that the model can understand how objects “exist in the physical world,” as well as “accurately interpret props and generate compelling characters that express vibrant emotions.”

The model can also generate a video based on a still image, as well as fill in missing frames on an existing video or extend it. The Sora-generated demos included in OpenAI’s blog post include an aerial scene of California during the gold rush, a video that looks as if it were shot from the inside of a Tokyo train, and others. Many have some telltale signs of AI — like a suspiciously moving floor in a video of a museum — and OpenAI says the model “may struggle with accurately simulating the physics of a complex scene,” but the results are overall pretty impressive.

A couple of years ago, it was text-to-image generators like Midjourney that were at the forefront of models’ ability to turn words into images. But recently, video has begun to improve at a remarkable pace: companies like Runway and Pika have shown impressive text-to-video models of their own, and Google’s Lumiere figures to be one of OpenAI’s primary competitors in this space, too. Similar to Sora, Lumiere gives users text-to-video tools and also lets them create videos from a still image.

None of this is real either

Sora is currently only available to “red teamers” who are assessing the model for potential harms and risks. OpenAI is also offering access to some visual artists, designers, and filmmakers to get feedback. It notes that the existing model might not accurately simulate the physics of a complex scene and may not properly interpret certain instances of cause and effect. READ MORE

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