Digital Humans and Deep Fakes: Creative Promise and Peril

Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 18:30 to 21:30
Hollywood American Legion Post 43
2035 North Highland Avenue
90068 Los Angeles, , CA
United States
Event Details:


Please join the Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization defining the future of storytelling, on Tuesday, November 19th, at the historic Hollywood American Legion Post 43 to discuss and learn more about Digital Humans and Deepfake technology. This meeting, a joint event with the RTDNA (Radio, Television, Digital Newsroom Association), is produced and hosted by Debra Kaufman and Linda Rosner with the presenters panel moderated by Debra Kaufman.

A “Deepfake” is an artificial intelligence technique to create a believable human synthesized from completely real and totally non-real or “fake” elements. In Hollywood, creating a digital human that fools audiences has been the holy grail of visual effects for decades. Both techniques are designed to trick the viewer, but whereas the digital human is constructed to entertain, the deepfake can be used to mislead and misinform, often for nonentertainment purposes.

SMPTE Hollywood and the RTDNA will offer a totally real presentation on deepfakes and digital humans that will look at the history of digital humans, the challenges and techniques for creating convincing deepfakes and if/how news and entertainment professionals can spot a deep fake.

Presenters include Chaos Group Lab head of R&D Christopher Nichols, who leads the Digital Human League, sponsor of the open source Wikihuman, and Corridor Digital’s Niko Pueringer, who has created short-form Internet content for over a decade and is an expert in creating deepfakes and how to detect them.

6:30 p.m. — Reception
7:30 p.m. — Presentation and Panel Discussion

As always, SMPTE meetings are free and open to all, including non-members.