Samantha Cole

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Social Media

The Mark Zuckerberg Deepfakes Are Forcing Facebook to Fact Check Art

The artist who made this week's first Zuckerberg deepfake made another, in protest of the platform supressing his work.
Samantha Cole
4 days ago
programming

A Man Used Snapchat's Gender Swap Filter to Catch a Cop Allegedly Soliciting a Minor​

The college student used a picture of himself made to look like a girl, and posed as a 16-year-old on Tinder.
Samantha Cole
6.12.19
programming

This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook’s Fake Video Policies

A fake video of Mark Zuckerberg giving a sinister speech about the power of Facebook has been posted to Instagram. The company previously said it would not remove this type of video.
Samantha Cole
6.11.19
programming

Researchers Can Make People Say Anything in Videos by Rewriting Their Words

Using text inputs, a team of machine learning experts edited videos of people to realistically form words they never said.
Samantha Cole
6.7.19
security

Amazon’s Home Surveillance Company Is Putting Suspected Petty Thieves in its Advertisements

Ring, Amazon's doorbell company, posted a video of a woman suspected of a crime and asked users to call the cops with information.
Samantha Cole
6.6.19
programming

Dark Mode Isn’t ‘Easier on the Eyes’ for Everybody

Apple’s new dark mode for iOS 13 can save battery life, but it won’t save everyone's eyes from screen strain.
Samantha Cole
6.5.19
programming

Watching AI Slowly Forget a Human Face Is Incredibly Creepy

This time lapse of a neural network with the neurons slowly switching off is a haunting experiment in machine learning.
Samantha Cole
6.3.19
Science

Good Job, Humans: Bees Are Making Nests Entirely Out of Plastic

Researchers found solitary bees in Argentina that made nests out of plastic bag-type materials.
Samantha Cole
5.31.19
programming

How To Make Your Own AirPods for $4

A 15-year-old made a working pair of DIY AirPods using an old pair of headphones and a soldering iron.
Samantha Cole
5.31.19
programming

DIY Facial Recognition for Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster

Someone is making dubious claims to have built a program for detecting faces in porn and cross-referencing against social media, with 100,000 identified so far.
Samantha Cole
5.29.19
programming

Americans Don’t Need Deepfakes to Believe Lies About Nancy Pelosi

President Trump tweeted a video of House speaker Nancy Pelosi that was altered to make her look and sound drunk, with the speed slowed down to 75 percent.
Samantha Cole
5.24.19
programming

It's Getting Way Too Easy to Create Fake Videos of People's Faces

Samsung researchers developed an algorithm that only needs one source image to create fake videos.
Samantha Cole
5.23.19
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