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This tech (scarily) lets video change reality

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a method to turn one video into the style of another. While this might be a little unclear at first, take a look at the video below. In it, the researchers have taken an entire clip from John Oliver and made it look like Stephen Colbert said it. Further, they were able to mimic the motion of a flower opening with another flower. In short, they can make anyone (or anything) look like they are doing something they never did. “I think there are a lot of stories to be told,” said CMU Ph.D. student Aayush Bansal. He and the team created the tool to make it easier to shoot complex films, perhaps by replacing the motion in simple, well-lit scenes and copying it into an entirely different style or environment. “It’s a tool for the artist that gives them an initial model that they can then improve,” he said. The system uses something called generative adversarial networks (GANs) to move one style of image onto another without much matching data.

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