Harry Potter Moving Photos Are Real! Samsung Offers Its Own ‘Deepfake’ That Turns Picture Into A “Living Portrait”

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We all love taking pictures and post them on Instagram and companies know it. Perhaps that’s why today everybody’s talking about Snapchat’s gender-swapping filter or baby faces. 

Well, Samsung also offers its own version of “deepfakes” and turns Mona Lisa into a realistic talking head.

Nexter.org knows about it more.

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Source: SAMSUNG AI CENTER, MOSCOW

‘Harry Potter’ moving pictures are real!

Do you remember how cool it was to see moving pictures in the ‘Harry Potter’ films? Bet, we all dreamt to have those in our life, too. Seems that we’re one step closer to the alive photos after Samsung revealed its AI technology to create living portraits.

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Researchers at the Samsung AI center in Moscow have achieved this, Motherboard reported Thursday, by training a “deep convolutional network” on a large number of videos showing talking heads, allowing it to identify certain facial features, and then using that knowledge to animate an image. They have created what can be called “living portraits”.

Результат пошуку зображень за запитом "Samsung “Living Portrait”"

Source: SAMSUNG AI CENTER, MOSCOW

 

The results, presented in a paper called “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models,” are not as good as some of the deepfake videos you’ve seen, but to create those, you need a large number of images of the person you’re trying to animate.

The advantage of Samsung’s approach is that you can turn a single still image (though the fidelity of the resulting video increases with more images) into a video.

Результат пошуку зображень за запитом "Samsung “Living Portrait”"

Source: SAMSUNG AI CENTER, MOSCOW

This discovery is called few-shot and one-shot learning and all it needs is a single image to turn it into an animated portrait. In fact, if a few more shots are provided, the result is even more striking.

But what surprised everyone the most was the fact that this technology can easily animate the most iconic images.

Результат пошуку зображень за запитом "Samsung “Living Portrait”"

Source: SAMSUNG AI CENTER, MOSCOW

You can see some of the results of this research in the video, below. Using a single still image of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe and even Mona Lisa, the AI was able to create videos of them talking which are realistic enough — at moments — to appear to be actual footage.

 

 

Even though many were amazed by these “living portraits”, they also showed concern for what it might be used for in the future:


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Harry Potter Moving Photos Are Real! Samsung Offers Its Own 'Deepfake' That Turns a Single Picture Into A “Living Portrait”
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Harry Potter Moving Photos Are Real! Samsung Offers Its Own 'Deepfake' That Turns a Single Picture Into A “Living Portrait”
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We all love taking pictures and post them on Instagram and tech companies know it. Perhaps that's why today everybody's talking about Snapchat's gender-swapping filter or baby faces.  Well, Samsung also offers its own version of “deepfakes” and turns Mona Lisa into a realistic talking head. Nexter.org knows about it more. 
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