Deepfakes are blowing up for their ability to cheat people out of consenting to porn, but stick a nerd who isn’t angry and desperate behind the software and you’ll get something far more interesting.
Yesterday, YouTuber Derpfakes used the technology to put the rightful owner of Han Solo’s face back into the trailer for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and while the results aren’t 100% on point, we still got a kick out of watching the attempt.
The Deepfake technology has only recently become accessible to the moderately knowledgable computer crowd, but there are still big hurtles to jump in understanding exactly how it is achieved. To better understand this process, we asked a scientist to illustrate the difficulty of the face switch using a simple graph.
Here’s what he came up with:
You see, fitting a square into a circular space can be mind-numbingly difficult, just ask any toddler with a shape sorter.
Nevertheless the idea itself is amazing, and we are confident that this first attempt will set off a series of re-tries, making it only a matter of time before some clever kid out there nails the switch.
We’re looking forward to it.