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US Army to combat ‘deep fakes’ with new biometrics, voice recognition programmes

10 September 2019

Programme engineers at the US Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) C5ISR Center are looking to expose so-called deep fakes - video and audio applications designed to mask or manipulate real world imagery - through a pair of new biometric and voice recognition programmes.

The Video Identification, Collection, and Exploitation (VICE) biometrics tool and its audio counterpart known as the Voice Identity Biometric Exploitation Services (VIBES) being developed at the centre could help army analysts in identifying and countering deep fake propaganda.

"Tools like VICE and VIBES can be used to essentially help point out things where there may be ... edits or things like that going on," said Keith Riser, senior computer scientist with the centre's Intelligence Systems and Processing Division at the Army's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), regarding the programmes' potential to identify modified or digitally altered imagery.

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