UVA students working on deepfake detection technology

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (WVIR) – Deepfakes are getting big on the internet, and now a team of students at the University of Virginia are looking for ways to discover them.

Deepfakes are computer-generated edits made by people who look real. They can be misleading.

UVA third grader Zach Yahn says his team’s technology can make a real difference in preventing the spread of potentially misleading information.

“I think deepfakes are getting more popular as technology goes mainstream, and right now it’s really not that difficult to download software onto your computer and deepfake someone when you have the footage,” he said .

Yahn worked with Ahmed Hussain in the third year of UVA to achieve first place in the University Adversarial Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Challenge.

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