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Deepfake AI: When Mona Lisa smiles, blinks and speaks

Screengrabs from a YouTube video showing how modern artificial intelligence can create fairly realistic fake videos from single images, such as those of the Mona Lisa, Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein.
Screengrabs from a YouTube video showing how modern artificial intelligence can create fairly realistic fake videos from single images, such as those of the Mona Lisa (above), Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein.PHOTO: EGOR ZAKHAROV/YOUTUBE

Deepfakes are becoming more real and easier to create as artificial intelligence improves

How real is the problem of fake videos?

The debate was reignited recently, after videos doctored to make United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear drunk or incapacitated were circulated online.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'When Mona Lisa smiles, blinks and speaks '. Print Edition | Subscribe