Deepfake of Queen’s Speech Provides Viewers with an Alternate Christmas Message
Queen Elizabeth II is set to deliver her traditional message on the BBC and ITV on Christmas day, but a deepfake will be sending an alternate speech on Channel 4. The news station said this is being done to give a “stark warning” about fake news in the digital age. In this message, she’ll discuss the decision of Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving the UK as well as the Duke of York’s decision to step down from royal duties earlier this year.
The previews you see here won’t show everything, as the full message, voiced by the actor Debra Stephenson, can also be seen performing a TikTok dance routine. Deepfakes utilize powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate visual and audio content with a high potential to deceive. They’re mainly based on deep learning and involve training generative neural network architectures, like autoencoders or generative adversarial networks (GANs).
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) December 23, 2020