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How to stop AI deepfakes from sinking society — and science

Deceptive videos and images created using generative AI could sway elections, crash stock markets and ruin reputations. Researchers are developing methods to limit their harm.

By Nicola Jones, September 27, 2023

Illustration by Señor Salme

This June, in the political battle leading up to the 2024 US presidential primaries, a series of images were released showing Donald Trump embracing one of his former medical advisers, Anthony Fauci. In a few of the shots, Trump is captured awkwardly kissing the face of Fauci, a health official reviled by some US conservatives for promoting masking and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was obvious” that they were fakes, says Hany Farid, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of many specialists who examined the pictures. On close inspection of three of the photos, Trump’s hair is strangely blurred, the text in the background is nonsensical, the arms and hands are unnaturally placed and the details of Trump’s visible ear are not right. All are hallmarks — for now — of generative artificial intelligence (AI), also called synthetic AI.

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-02990-y

Best of the Fest 2022: Science Fiction & Fantasy | National Book Festival | Library of Congress

October 17, 2022 by Clay Smith

M.J. Kuhn, Chelsea Abdullah and moderator Ashley Dickerson appear in a panel on “Thieves and Their Petty Little Secrets” in books by Kuhn and Abdullah at the 2022 National Book Festival. Photo by David Critics

For the first time since 2004, the Library of Congress National Book Festival featured a Science Fiction & Fantasy stage highlighting how expansive and introspective imaginative fiction can be. Today, we’re releasing the footage for this stage — sponsored by General Motors — on our site and our YouTube channel. Here’s what you’ll find among the otherworldly and speculative conversations that took place on the Science Fiction & Fantasy stage at the recent Festival:

We hope you enjoy the events from this year’s Science Fiction & Fantasy stage!

This is a guest post by Deziree Arnaiz, a program specialist in the Literary Initiatives Office.

Source: https://blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/2022/10/best-of-the-fest-2022-science-fiction-fantasy/

Library Debuts Video Series for 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival


The Library of Congress celebrates the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival by debuting a new video series that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. 

Developed to support the festival’s 2021 efforts to “blossom safely,” the four-to-five-minute videos can be enjoyed by viewers everywhere during the festival March 20-April 12 and beyond through the Library’s YouTube site and on the Library of Congress website.

Click here for more information.

Source: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-011/

what’s on.. my tivo…

an occasional look at my video/streaming/video/show watching, whew..

Some notes on my list..

  • A few new PBS’ series I hadn’t got to yet…
  • CBS Sunday Morning episodes I often watch with dinner…
  • The Magicians is an older favorite, and new episodes are online to watch later (the link takes me to both my recordings, if any, and streaming episodes)…
  • Southern Charm is a guilty pleasure (I used to live in Charleston)…
  • Project Blue Book – the show was cancelled after 2nd season, but I have all of Season 2 to watch, or not.

In comments, if anyone can guess who what show is partly visible in the upper right-hand corner, has good eyes ;)…

A screenshot of my Tivo BOLT under the “My Shows” header…

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) | Videos | What’s Up – March 2017

This month the moon hides red Aldebaran, Venus and Mercury show their phases.

Source: Videos | What’s Up – March 2017