“Reality” Edited in Real Time: New Tech Shows Why You Can’t Trust Anything You See on the News

Written by on March 22, 2016 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 27 Comments


By Melissa Dykes | Activist Post

Talk about wag the dog. I’m not even sure what to write for a description of the video you are about to watch.

So-called “reality” can be edited in real-time.

It’s the matrix.

The project is a joint effort in progress between Stanford, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. According to the project’s abstract, via Stanford University:

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination.We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.

While it may not be “pixel-perfect” YET, Tech Crunch’s response is the same thing on everyone’s mind after watching the original video (which is well on its way to a million views even though it’s only been up for three days):

Even in the relatively low-res clips we’re shown, there’s an uncanny valley effect of something being not quite right. But hot damn is it impressive (and, well, more than a little spooky) even in this early stage.

Why spooky? Technology like this will serve to make video less inherently believable. The video’s use of politicians as the editing target is pretty self-aware. In that regard, political hoaxes will hit a lot harder when it’s a video instead of a ‘shopped picture being forwarded around.

Yeah, nothing about this is comforting. But also, how long has this technology really been available? We all know that whatever technology the general population is being shown currently exists, the military-industrial complex is likely decades ahead of it.

In the original video’s comments section, scores of people pointed out the dangers of this technology in the Orwellian nightmare we currently find ourselves living in. One person said it should be stopped because of a scary potential for misuse, to which someone else replied, “Potential for misuse? I can’t think of a reason you’d want this technology in the first place besides abusing it.”

If government use of propaganda against US citizens has now been legalized (and it has)…

If video of a world leader giving a speech can be hijacked and edited in real-time, complete with, say, a full soundboard created by government software that can take ten minutes of a person talking and match the speech patterns to make convincing audio of a person saying anything they want him to…

And if drills can look as real as the real thing… Can you trust anything you see on “the news”?

And if seeing and hearing aren’t believing…

How virtual has our reality already become before virtual reality even goes global?

Full video: Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos
And this is definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it: We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook

H/T Dag Wood

Melissa Dykes (formerly Melton) is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com. She is an experienced researcher, graphic artist and investigative journalist with a passion for liberty and a dedication to truth. Her aim is to expose the New World Order for what it is — a prison for the human soul from which we must break free.

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  1. 1075563155821566@facebook.com' Dyan Graham says:


  2. 10209045329839383@facebook.com' Cyril Eric Richards says:

    With CNN showing in the background it’s quite obvious you can’t trust it. Duh!!

  3. 1052968874746265@facebook.com' Victoria Puglisi says:

    Ling Panda do you think this Is real? Frederick Dregischan?

  4. 980642682011259@facebook.com' Frederick Dregischan says:

    I drew the line during the OJ Trial 21 years ago when I realized it was junk TV. I’ve not watched it since and am better informed than those who do. Go figure! LOL

  5. 10153979117644720@facebook.com' Cesar Canales says:

    “I never said that, they manipulated what I said.”

  6. 10208759133153257@facebook.com' Ruben Bulk says:

    Sunil Sunda

  7. 10208400866395198@facebook.com' Barbara Infantino says:

    Kasia Katarzyna

  8. 10153478683270762@facebook.com' Dave Marriott says:

    i have known that for many many years.. some will never get it..

  9. 10156114538000111@facebook.com' Lisa Cee says:

    And that is y i don’t watch the news

  10. 783223185145630@facebook.com' Steve Monkiewicz says:

    With all the little toys tech has hypnotized us with (most of which are aimed at helping business sell you things faster and easier – for their profits NOT the customer’s benefit) we are going down a rabbit hole most people don’t even see. It is a rabbit hole where (within the next 30 years) humans beings turning their world over to robots. Actually the AI borgs will makes us obsolete. They will take over all jobs and threaten our survival. If you don’t believe this check out what Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Steven Hawking say about this scenario! Just keep in mind, that phone that talks to you now is setting you up to steal away your future. So what is real and what is fake? It doesn’t matter. You don’t count!!! Remember that the next time they convince you to buy the latest and greatest tech toy…

  11. 10205951855664086@facebook.com' Theresa L Cooke says:

    Umm are these people saying sandy hook didnt happen… I live there and thats just crazy!! We know people who lost their children how dare you belittle the loss of those innocent children.

    • 1653096044946597@facebook.com' Mark Wood says:

      what they said was and if you believe your eyes the footage shows people going through in a line and they showed them go round again, we don’t know why. Maybe they were told to go back in for some reason. All these conspiracy things are predicated on unsubstantiated information. They say the same things where I live in Tasmania and we had the worst single attack, with people saying the gunman couldnt have done.

    • 975748002502535@facebook.com' Emma Delemma says:

      Touchy subjects. no doubt both massacres happened. The question is did the government have prior knowledge, or did they possibly have a hand in organising them, to play into their own agenders. Could Tassie have been a test run?

  12. 10209010614165626@facebook.com' Harold Davis says:

    CL would be easier and more enjoyable if the size of the ads were smaller. I am considering unfollowing.

  13. 1693356250935035@facebook.com' Partyvent Mtl says:

    Sylvain Lévesque

  14. 10209071241200442@facebook.com' An Priest says:


  15. 10204663902977924@facebook.com' Tonie Monarres says:

    News Dept. LIE get wrong. Even the stupid location.

  16. 1674243852863768@facebook.com' Soupbean Blanton says:

    Matthew Billiter, Chris Rife Griffith, Justin McNeely

  17. 10156461444315352@facebook.com' Sammy Antonio Rustom says:

    Isak Mulari

  18. 10153444662266903@facebook.com' Dionisio Gaio says:


  19. 10200586590903636@facebook.com' Michael MacDonald says:

    There’s ppl out there still trusting what they see on tv?

  20. 1201849103161925@facebook.com' Bo Patel says:

    Marquita De La Cruz whoa

  21. 999612306727136@facebook.com' Sander Houtman says:

    Puck Houtman Jacoline Houtman

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