Facebook, Microsoft Challenge Industry to Detect, Prevent ‘Deepfakes’

Facebook, Microsoft and a number of universities have joined forces to sponsor a contest promoting research and development to combat deepfakes, or videos altered through artificial intelligence (AI) to mislead viewers.

The two tech giants—along with the Partnership on AI and academics from Cornell Tech, MIT, University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, College Park and University at Albany-SUN–have created the Deepfake Detection Challenge (DFDC), which aims to spur the industry to create technology that can detect and prevent deepfakes, according to a Facebook blog post attributed to company CTO Mike Schroepfer.

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Facebook is spearheading a competition to find new ways to identify computer-altered videos known as “deepfakes.” But some artificial-intelligence specialists say the strategy might backfire.

Those experts say the contest will probably hasten the already accelerating arms race between the malicious actors using AI to create increasingly realistic faked videos, and the technology companies racing to detect them.

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