AI-enabled deepfakes are only getting easier to make. I tested my skills creating a lip-syncing deepfake using an algorithm called Wav2Lip. It only takes a bit of time and effort and you can make your own, too.
As James Kelleher, the Irish designer who created the Queen deepfake, noted on Twitter, the method he used to make the videos was shared online by some AI researchers. The paper in question describing their method (called Wav2Lip) was posted a few weeks ago, along with a public demo for anyone to try. The demo was originally freely accessible, but you now have to register to use it. K R Prajwal of IIIT Hyderabad, one of the authors of the work, told The Verge this was to dissuade malicious uses, though he admitted that registration wouldn’t “deter a serious offender who is well-versed with programming.” — James Vincent/@verge