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‘Deepfake’ Tom Cruise Is Going Viral On TikTok And People Are Freaking Out About How Realistic He Looks
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‘Deepfake’ Tom Cruise Is Going Viral On TikTok And People Are Freaking Out About How Realistic He Looks

TikTok has been taken by surprise recently by amazing deep fakes of Tom Cruise. They are so realistic and well-acted that many people can not believe they are just fake. There are many reactions to these videos. Some find them amazing and are astonished by the capabilities of today’s technology. Some are creeped out that A.I. can copy a human’s face so well on video and are afraid for the future and the safety of their identity.

The videos themselves are quite strange and often even eerie. At one point, Tom Cruise is just playing golf; the next, he’s telling us to be excited for what’s to come.

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This was the first video the account posted where they say that people should be excited for what comes next

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The creator of these deepfakes is Chris Ume from Belgium. He created a TikTok account simply called @deeptomcruise, then shared the link to his LinkedIn page. He posted 3 videos that grabbed the attention of over 11 million people. And they are some of the most realistic deepfakes out there for now. There is not much known about Ume, but he’s well-known among A.I. artists and their community. On his website, he writes: “I create the craziest videos and love humor. My talent is my eye for perfection and my high-quality standards. I’d rather finish something I’m proud of than quick garbage.” Ume cares about quality—no wonder his deepfakes are so amazing.

In the second video, they show off the capabilities of the A.I. with lots of movement and strangely talk about Mikhail Gorbachev

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In an interview about deepfakes for the Philadelphia PBS television station WHYY that Ume shared on his website, the artist talks about deepfakes and how he sees them. Ume says that deepfake is an exciting new tool that opens up new possibilities and people shouldn’t be scared, just more skeptical about the things they see on TV and other sources of media.

In the third one, ‘Tom Cruise’ shows a magic trick and hints that all of this is real

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 Here’s the video showing all 3 of the TikToks

Ume’s social media and YouTube accounts show many deepfakes he has created over the years. He recreates movie and video scenes and music videos, from Snoop Dogg to Smeagol to Einstein. The artist is highly trained in visual effects and does an amazing job at tricking the audience. Ume’s deepfakes are so realistic it’s hard to believe sometimes.

Here’s how people reacted

A deepfake is A.I.-generated synthetic content where a person’s face is switched with another. The goal of A.I. is tricking the audience into thinking that something has happened, or that the person they’re seeing was in a situation they have never been in or said something they never have. No wonder some people are afraid of it.

It would probably be wise to question everything you see in the media from now on, no matter how realistic and real it looks. What do you think of deepfakes? Do you find them fascinating or creepy? Tell us in the comments down below.

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Al Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

This stuff is scary. It's bad enough as it is but if things like this get easy to make then we'll have a massive problem. I fear it's only a matter of time.

Annie Niemands
Community Member
1 year ago

Well now... "a.i. jones" 👀🤖

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

I think there need to be laws soon that make it possible to punish people who create deepfakes.

Memere
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! Something similar to copyright laws. There may actually be some type of legal recourse since this guy is using the recognition factor without permission...I'm not a lawyer, but hey, Cruise has the $$$ to pursue it, and it needs to be stopped.

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Real Tom Cruise has an upper tooth exactly in the middle of his mouth. This guy's upper teeth are evenly shifted. It's subtle, but yeah, the teeth.

BorPand8
Community Member
1 year ago

His body proportions are wrong, too.

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Al Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

This stuff is scary. It's bad enough as it is but if things like this get easy to make then we'll have a massive problem. I fear it's only a matter of time.

Annie Niemands
Community Member
1 year ago

Well now... "a.i. jones" 👀🤖

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

I think there need to be laws soon that make it possible to punish people who create deepfakes.

Memere
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! Something similar to copyright laws. There may actually be some type of legal recourse since this guy is using the recognition factor without permission...I'm not a lawyer, but hey, Cruise has the $$$ to pursue it, and it needs to be stopped.

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Real Tom Cruise has an upper tooth exactly in the middle of his mouth. This guy's upper teeth are evenly shifted. It's subtle, but yeah, the teeth.

BorPand8
Community Member
1 year ago

His body proportions are wrong, too.

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