The most convincing deepfake examples show us how deep learning technology could transform pipelines for filmmakers and 3D artists and greatly reduce manual editing time. Here, we look at nine landmarks in the rise of deepfakes. But first, a bit more info on what deepfakes actually are.
01. Donald Trump joins Breaking Bad
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Actor Jim Meskimen partnered with deepfake artist Sham00k to make his celebrity impressions a little more realistic. Meskimen and Sham00k shared the results in a YouTube video , and honestly, they're pretty remarkable. The video speaks to Meskimen's talent as an impressionist but also to the capability of deepfake software. It proves how well the tech is able to blur the line between what's real and what isn't. Though, it still takes a ton of work. According to Sham00k, the full video took just over hours of work, 1, hours of footage, , images and close to one terabyte of data to create.
Deepfakes a portmanteau of " deep learning " and "fake"  are synthetic media  in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness. While the act of faking content is a not new, deepfakes leverage powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate visual and audio content with a high potential to deceive. Deepfakes have garnered widespread attention for their uses in celebrity pornographic videos , revenge porn , fake news , hoaxes , and financial fraud.