The negative applications of deepfakes can be controlled through blockchain and other deep learning-based image forgery detection tools.
However, there is more to deepfakes than just negative applications.
Ever since the emergence of deepfakes, they have been normally associated with pranks or cybercrimes. Accordingly, there are several pieces that discuss the ways in which deepfake-related problems can be resolved through blockchain or deep learning-based image forgery detection. The concept of deepfakes, also known as synthetic media, is one of the more irreverent applications of AI and computer vision. It involves creating media that is completely computer-generated, with deep learning algorithms used to create fascinating and utterly believable fake videos and images. For example, here are deepfake videos of Nicholas Cage as Amy Adams och Kim Jong-un talking about democracy collapsing in the US.
However, despite cybercriminals using deepfakes for digital forgery, creating superimposed pornographic videos of celebrities and other negative actions, synthetic media can also influence productive and positive actions.
1) Deepfakes Are Beneficial For Educational Purposes
Deepfakes can superimpose another person’s face on an individual’s body. However, unlike tacky photoshopped media, a deepfake can replicate a person’s facial expressions and movement to make the made-up videos and pictures look photorealistic. This characteristic can be used to perfection in schools. Professors could show deepfake videos of historical speeches or scientific discoveries to help learners understand historical and scientific concepts in detail.
Needless to say, the usage of deepfakes in education can be harmful too. For instance, teachers or institutions with a specific political agenda or inclination towards a negative philosophy can show incorrect history to students. For example, using doctored speeches of dictators, there is a possibility of educators promoting or justifying acts of fascism in the past.
2) Some Deepfakes Spread Awareness About Dangerous Issues
One of the most popular use cases of deepfakes is creating dubbed videos of people appearing to be speaking several different languages. One such example is soccer player David Beckham speaking up to nine different languages to spread awareness about malaria and how the disease can be brought under control. In the video, the soccer star’s facial movements were manipulated to make them look as authentic as possible. This application can be invaluable as it makes people from different parts of the world pay attention and follow their favorite idol’s advice.
3) Deepfakes Can Provide Anonymity Against Oppressors
In recent times, several countries have witnessed the rise of oppressive, dictatorial leadership in power. Unsurprisingly, the number of protestors and demonstrations have also visibly risen in such countries to oppose the draconian ways in which such leaders and governments run their respective constituencies. In this current internet age, protestors can mobilize rallies and meetings through various social media platforms. Deepfake tech can help mask the identity of such leaders from their governments, enabling protests to go on.
Issues caused by deepfakes can be easily dealt with via various deep learning-based image forgery detection applications. However, users need to look beyond the evils of deepfakes to find incredible ways in which the technology can be used for a multitude of good causes.
BCN Group stärker närvaron av Microsoft Cloud Services med Evo-Soft-förvärvet
BCN Group, a Manchester-based IT cloud and managed services specialist, has acquired Evo-Soft, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central specialist.
The acquisition follows the recent investment by ECI Partners, the leading growth-focused mid-market private equity firm and will bring the combined annual business revenue to more than £50m.
BCN is a digital transformation solutions and managed service provider delivering cloud first data strategies – including Microsoft Modern Workplace, Microsoft Azure, analytics, development, and IT security services – to the mid-market and public sector organisations. The acquisition of Evo-Soft provides BCN with a platform to provide solution driven services for businesses across the UK. The move enhances the group’s focus on and capability of delivering services and solutions from the Microsoft ecosystem.
Founded in 2001, Evo-Soft is a UK top five Microsoft Gold Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Partner. The solution focuses on implementing, supporting, enhancing, and accelerating the use of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for customers that want to build on process efficiencies, integrate their business solutions, automate manual processing of data, and gain operational control.
Evo-Soft has developed its own bespoke software called Evo-Supply for the importation, distribution, and simple manufacturing industries. The flexible distribution management software has been designed by Microsoft Dynamics developers with years of industry experience and is continually refined, ensuring new and improved features are available.
In addition, Evo-Soft has created specialist software for auction houses, aptly named Evo-Auction, a seamless and cost effective, front and back-end content management integration tool. The software reduces errors, speeds up processes and provides full reporting of live auctions with full integration.
Rob Davies, CEO of BCN Group, said: “The acquisition of Evo-Soft enables BCN to provide more value to our customers, enabling them to continue their digital transformation journey, exercising the full benefits of the Microsoft ecosystem. The existing capabilities around development, Microsoft Modern Workplace, analytics and Microsoft Azure is heightened with the delivering of core business applications services with Microsoft Dynamics. As such we are delighted in supporting further growth with Evo-Soft as part of the BCN Group and even more excited in delivering further digital benefits to our mid-market customers.”
Derek Fisher, sales director and founder of Evo-Soft, said: “We are a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions to importers, wholesalers, distributors, and the auction marketplace. We transform businesses with our award-winning, extensive library of solutions. The BCN acquisition provides a true opportunity for Evo-Soft and our customers to leverage and incorporate the complementary portfolio of relevant and vital IT services required for today’s businesses to continue to scale and thrive.”
BCN Group stärker närvaron av Microsoft Cloud Services med Evo-Soft-förvärvet
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