Dec 15, 2020

Hany Farid on Deepfakes in the Music Industry

From NPR

Latest Deepfake Controversy Raises Legal And Ethical Questions In Music Industry

Mary Louis Kelly, Host

Maybe you have heard of deepfakes, super-realistic videos that use artificial intelligence and other tools to make people appear to say or do things that they never said or did. Celebrities, politicians, everyday people have all been victims. The latest deepfake controversy hit the music business. YR Media's Nimah Gobir reports that the implications are far-reaching...

GOBIR: This voice spitting Shakespeare is not Jay-Z. It's not even human. It's an audio deepfake, something UC Berkeley professor Hany Farid knows how to make because he specializes in spotting them.

HANY FARID: There are recognizable patterns in how we speak - the tone, the intonation, where we put the emphasis. So there's a way of capturing mathematically a person's speech. And the machine-learning algorithms are simply learning that pattern of speech and then synthesizing...


Hany Farid is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception.

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