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Deepfake Video: Actor's Tom Cruise Impression Has People Talking

The convincing result of this video clip elicits some strong opinions.

An actor with a striking resemblance to Tom Cruise gets an assist from a deepfake technology expert and the finished product is compelling. The impression is good, but the machine learning and face-swapping complete the enterprise.

Uploaded by TikTok user @take3, this video reveals the result. Enjoy.

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TikTok user @take3 says, "@Tom is the most convincing deepfake you'll see today."

"One Tom cruise is scary enough," writes reader @gen80s.

"His career never took off because he looks too much like Tom Cruise?" questions @iansteaman. "Never hurt Robbie Amell.

"Deep Fake, made in Belgium. Each clip took the company about 24 hours to finish," remarks @Awouter44. "As Elon Musk said, Artificial Intelligence is a dangerous thing."

Reader @deep_curly has this simple reaction: "Creeeeeeepy."

"I’m watching Final Destination 5 and all is see is fake Tom cruise, hahaha," says @chelita0716.

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TikTok user @take3 says, "@Tom is the most convincing deepfake you'll see today."

"One Tom cruise is scary enough," writes reader @gen80s.

"His career never took off because he looks too much like Tom Cruise?" questions @iansteaman. "Never hurt Robbie Amell.

"Deep Fake, made in Belgium. Each clip took the company about 24 hours to finish," remarks @Awouter44. "As Elon Musk said, Artificial Intelligence is a dangerous thing."

Reader @deep_curly has this simple reaction: "Creeeeeeepy."

"I’m watching Final Destination 5 and all is see is fake Tom cruise, hahaha," says @chelita0716.

Many worry about the social ramifications considering the many uses and the increasing accessibility of the technology. WebWise describes the conundrum: "While the technology used to create deepfakes is relatively new technology, it is advancing quickly and it is becoming more and more difficult to check if a video is real or not. Developments in these kinds of technologies have obvious social, moral and political implications. There are already issues around news sources and credibility of stories online. Deepfakes have the potential to exacerbate the problem of false information online or disrupt and undermine the credibility of and trust in news, and information in general. The real potential danger of false information and deepfake technology is creating mistrust or apathy in people about what we see or hear online. If everything could be fake, does that mean that nothing is real anymore?"

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