An incredible series of videos swaps famous Hollywood faces to demonstrate how convincing 'deepfake' tech has gotten — take a look

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  • Deepfake video technology combines computer graphics technology with artificial intelligence to create extremely impressive fake videos of real or invented people.
  • The tech has been used to create convincing videos of world leaders making false statements, and was even demonstrated with the Mona Lisa.
  • A new YouTube channel uses the tech to create wild movie mash-ups, like putting the Joker from “Batman” into “A Knight’s Tale.”
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It’s hard to discuss so-called “deepfake” technology without alarming people, and that’s because it’s some extremely creepy magic: The promise of deepfake tech is the power to create extremely convincing videos of people that never actually happened.

It’s not hard to imagine how this could be misused — a video of former US President Barack Obama insulting current US President Donald Trump doesn’t actually exist, but one was created using deepfake tech.

A new series of (thankfully) harmless videos showcases the power of deepfake tech, utilizing Hollywood heavyweights — take a look:

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1. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in “Batman” is put in “A Knight’s Tale” instead.

Check out the video below:

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2. Bill Hader doing impersonations on Conan O’Brien’s show morphs into the person he’s impersonating, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Check it out:

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3. The “Fight Club” scenes offer a clearer look at the personality disorder at the center of the movie.

Check it out in the video below:

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4. A second scene from “Fight Club” offers another look at how the tech can be used:

You can watch it here:

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5. And finally, one more with Bill Hader — this time as Al Pacino.

Check it out: 

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