Deepfakes are risky business, warns creator of viral Tom Cruise – The Times

Few people can bend Tom Cruise to their every whim. Yet Chris Ume can. When Ume waves his fingers, the Hollywood star can found playing golf or enthusing about magic.

Yet Cruise has never actually met Ume, a 31-year-old visual effects artist.

The video was one of three short clips of Cruise, never previously known as a golfer, shared widely this week as examples of highly realistic, computer-generated “deepfakes”.

Chris Ume says he made the videos to raise awareness of the technology

Chris Ume says he made the videos to raise awareness of the technology

KRIS VAN EXEL

Viewers have been left stunned by technology that appears to show a near-exact replica of Cruise despite the 58-year-old actor having no involvement or even knowledge of the videos until they were released. It has led many to wonder what implications deepfakes holds for the future and how it might be misused.

Now Ume, the creator

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