This week: deep fakes, digital humans and a young Will Smith in our Vivid Ideas Special. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

The stories this week

Udacity develop AI that can generate lecture videos from audio narration

Digital influencers in the New York Times

50 year old Will Smith plays with 23 year old in “Gemini Man”

Vivid Ideas: Love/Machine

Other stories we bring up

Byung-Hak Kim and Varun Ganapathi’s LumièreNet paper on arXiv.org

Udacity’s AI that can generate lecture videos from audio narration sample

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will feature young versions of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro

Our previous Vivid event in 2018

Our previous discussion of AI news anchors

Our previous discussion of Lil Miquela

Deepfakes have got the US Congress worried

Deepfakes as new election threat

Yumi, the digital human new brand ambassador for Japanese skincare brand SK-II

Adobe produces tools to make media alterations easier

The fake Zuckerberg video

The fake Kardashian video

Hao Li’s Pinscreen App

Engadget’s recommended reading on fighting deepfakes


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