Indian politician uses AI to create deepfake speech

Date:20 February 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, ,

Ever since the video of a comedian impersonating Barak Obama went viral in 2018, the political world has been all too aware of the dangers that surrounding deepfakes. However, its not all doom and gloom when it comes to using AI to get your message across to a larger audience.

Indian politician, Manoj Tiwari, has decided to do exactly that and use the technology to create a highly convincing video of himself delivering a speech in a variety of different languages to help him reach a wider audience.

With help from political communications firm, The Ideaz Factory, Tiwari was able to translate his original speech, which was performed in English, to a ‘fake version’ where he can be heard, and more importantly, be seen speaking the native tongue of Haryanvi, a dialect of Hindi.

According to Sagar Vishnoi of The Ideaz Factory, “We used a ‘lip-sync’ deepfake algorithm and trained it with speeches of Manoj Tiwari to translate audio sounds into basic mouth shapes.”

Take a look at the two videos below.

Original video below in English.

Deepfake video translated into Haryanvi.

Image:screenshot/ MT English

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