- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An artificial “Donald Trump” created with the deepfakes algorithm has convinced a popular technology website that “the future looks pretty terrifying.”

AI image-swap algorithms that have made headlines for inserting the heads of Hollywood celebrities onto the bodies of pornographic actresses may soon cause headaches for the political world. A shockingly convincing simulacrum of Mr. Trump posted to the YouTube channel “derpfakes” on Monday caused The Next Web to warn of what’s to come.

“While the algorithm isn’t quite there yet, the progress made in the past several weeks has been staggering,” the website reported Tuesday. “What went from a pixelated semi-recognizable representation of your favorite actresses in compromising positions is now showing real potential for upending our understanding of truth.”

The video has tallied over 250,000 views since Monday.

“The fakes are more convincing than ever and downright passable for lesser-known celebrities or public figures,” TNW continued. “In a year or two, as the algorithms continue improving, it’s unclear whether the average person will even be able to discern authentic videos from fakes. … In a world that already can’t agree on simple facts, the future looks pretty terrifying.”

YouTube users were equally as impressed.

“I can’t tell if you’re going to hell or to heaven for this,” wrote one user.

“Trumpseption,” added another, a reference to the Christopher Nolan science-fiction film “Inception.”

“We have officially entered a technological era when someone will be able to put your face on security camera footage to frame you for a crime,” replied a third person.

Reddit, Pornhub and other websites have taken steps to remove altered content from their platforms, TNW reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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