Future Tech 2019: James Ashely – DIY Deep Fakes

Deep neural networks provide new and better ways to perform useful tasks like face recognition and search optimization. But they can also be used to do unexpected – and even unwanted — things like photoshopping full videos, placing one person’s face on another person’s body. In this presentation, I will walk you through the technology and brief history of manufacturing deep fakes, with detours into the ivory towers where frightening new algorithms are being created and the seedy back alleys of the Internet where tools like FakeApp are being distributed to both the unwary and the pernicious. We’ll also take a look at what is coming next and how you can protect yourself from it. Please take a walk on the wild side of machine learning with me.

Bio James Ashley

James Ashley specializes in designing and developing Magic Leap, HoloLens, ARKit, HTC Vive, Oculus and gestural experiences. (http://www.imaginativeuniversal.com/p…). He combines a background in academic philosophy, digital marketing agencies and enterprise software architecture to create innovative experiences for his clients. He is a Microsoft Windows Development MVP. Before that, he was a Microsoft MVP in Emerging Experiences, in Kinect for Windows, and even before that in WPF and Silverlight. He also helps run the XR Atlanta Meetup. James co-authored the LinkedIn Learning video course HoloLens App Development to provide inspiration and a kickstart for mixed reality (spatial computing) developers. He also wrote the Apress title Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK. This book gave thousands of developers their first taste of gestural programming and inspired a new generation of creative technologists working in the Microsoft stack. He has a background in computer vision and machine learning. He is currently deeply involved in using the power of Artificial Intelligence to build better user interfaces in Mixed Reality. James has never been referred to as the David Foster Wallace of bleeding edge technology. In a previous life, he pursued a PhD in Philosophy at Emory University.

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