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Intel’s Real-Time Technology: Battling Deepfake Threats

Is what we see online real? Or is it fake? It's hard to know these days with constant updates to AI technologies.
Joshua Koszalkowski
Contributing Writer

Deepfakes, AI-manipulated videos, have come a long way since the technology was developed just a few years ago. As deepfake videos become more advanced, criminals are using them for misinformation campaigns, hacking, and other illegal activities, and more people are falling victim.

Why it matters: Intel Labs, a global research organization that innovates to deliver transformative solutions for every person on the planet, has invented real-time deepfake detection technology to combat the threats that deepfakes pose. This technology focuses on detecting what’s real, such as one’s heart rate, instead of fake actions or characteristics using photoplethysmography. The system detects and analyzes color changes in the veins due to oxygen content, which is computationally visible. This allows the company to determine if a personality is synthetic or a real human.

  • “We are trying to look at what is real and authentic. Heart rate is one of [the signals],” said
    Demir. “So when your heart pumps blood, it goes to your veins, and the veins change color because of the oxygen content that color changes. It is not visible to our eye; I cannot just look at this video and see your heart rate. But that color change is computationally visible.”
  • Broadcasters, news agencies, content creation tools, and social media platforms implement Intel’s deepfake detection technology. The technology can identify and mitigate potential threats and misinformation from deepfakes.
  • Society will see deepfakes in a much more sophisticated and prevalent role in the coming years. The implementation of technologies that fight misinformation and other damaging consequences is critical.

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