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Barack Obama Has Been ‘Deepfaked’ into Black Panther

There’s been a fair bit of controversy with deepfakes lately. It has even led the state of California to issue two new bills in a bid to curb the negative impact certain deepfakes have. 

However, these artificially created videos or images are not always meant to hurt the person in question; some can even benefit from a little added fame. 

The latter just happened this week, when someone deepfaked Barack Obama’s face onto Black Panther’s. It looks rather convincing. 

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Barack Obama as a Marvel superhero

To give a little context, ‘deepfake’ is a technique that sees human image synthesis based on Artificial Intelligence. Images of people’s faces are superimposed onto other faces to make it look like it’s them.

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If you thought that Obama was a legend as a ‘regular’ human being — although the term ‘regular’ might not give the man enough credit — then you’ll be even more impressed by him now. 

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Some YouTubers have deepfaked the former U.S. President’s face onto actor Chadwick Boseman’s. They’ve turned Obama into a Marvel Comics superhero.

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Barack Panther. Source: Sham00K/YouTube

In the video, Obama Panther — as he is dubbed — gives a moving speech at the United Nations. You then see Obama in different movements, outfits, and styles throughout the short clip. 

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The YouTuber behind these face swaps goes by the username ‘Sham00K,’ who added a synthesized voice-over for Obama with the assistance of StableVoices.

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StableVoices operates independently from Sham00K and uses AI-powered audio synthesis software to replicate famous voices. 

There are a few instances where it’s a little clear that this is a deepfake. However, this video is further proof that deepfakes can become quite convincing and impressively created, even by non-experts. 

See for yourself how Barack Obama turns into a famous superhero by this video by Sham00K: 

Source: Interesting Engineering