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Creepy and lifelike deepfake doctored videos will be commonplace 'within six months', claims expert Videos could be created which show people doing things they didn't do in reality The University of Southern California's Dr Hao Li made the worrying prediction Obvious signs that a video is fake could soon disappear with new technology People will be unable to tell the true and untrue footage apart, he warned 

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 12:01 BST, 23 September 2019 | Updated: 12:26 BST, 23 September 2019

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Deepfake videos could be commonplace and found across the media and online platforms within six months, according to a leading expert. 

The idea of the videos is to look completely real and show people doing things they never did. 

These are created by complex computing and artificial intelligence and have caused outrage recently. 

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The video that kicked off the concern last month was a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi (pictured), the speaker of the US House of Representatives. It had simply been slowed down to about 75 per cent to make her appear drunk, or slurring her words

The video that kicked off the concern last month was a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi (pictured), the speaker of the US House of Representatives. It had simply been slowed down to about 75 per cent to make her appear drunk, or slurring her words 

Dr Hao Li, a computer scientist at the University of Southern California, revealed the videos could soon be commonplace.   

Deepfakes combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. 

They are used to produce or alter video content so that it presents something that didn't, in fact, occur.

Most fake video can be easily spotted, but Dr Li believes the obvious giveaways will soon disappear. 

Pictured: A grab from a deepfake video in which Steve Buscemi's face was superimposed over Jennifer Lawrence's body

Pictured: A grab from a deepfake video in which Steve Buscemi's face was superimposed over Jennifer Lawrence's body

WHAT IS A DEEPFAKE VIDEO? 

Deepfakes are so named because they utilize deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to create fake videos.

They are made by feeding a computer an algorithm, or set of instructions, as

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