Sure, Tom Cruise may have wrapped filming on his latest Mission Impossible film, but that doesn’t mean he joined TikTok. Visual effects extraordinaire Chris Ume from Belgium teamed up with Miles Fisher, a Cruise impersonator, to create the most convincing deepfake videos that most have ever seen. However, these clips weren’t created to fool people, but rather inform them of the technical possibilities of artificial intelligence.
Belgium-based Ume goes on to say that by 2025, there just may be a deepfake filter that turns you into anyone. So, he urges governments around the world to set new laws to help with the responsible use of artificial intelligence and deepfakes. What’s next for Ume? His dream is to work for Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings.
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A month later, [Fisher] contacted me again, and said: ‘Let’s make a funny video […] I’ll film myself in my garden and then you just make me look like Tom Cruise,’. And so we did that and he posted it – but he also created a TikTok account. He doesn’t know anything about the app, I don’t either, but then then two days later, he sends me a screenshot: ‘Dude. Two and a half million views,’” said Ume.