The Protestors In This BBC Documentary About Hong Kong Have AI-Generated Faces
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The Protestors In This BBC Documentary About Hong Kong Have AI-Generated Faces

A new BBC2 documentary showcases how AI face-swapping techniques can be used in a positive way.  

The BBC Documentary Hong Kong’s Fight for Freedom chronicles the fight of Hong Kong activists against the Beijing regime and uses AI to protect their identity, while still allowing them to express themselves fully. Until now, those who wished to remain anonymous in a documentary had to be filmed in the dark or blurred out, which made it difficult for audiences to connect with them on an emotional level. Thanks to AI, you can see the emotion in their eyes and mannerisms – even though the face might be computer generated.

This is a groundbreaking use of a technology that so far has only raised concerns about deepfakes and the legitimacy of any online videos. 

It’s also an incredible documentary showing how the brave people of Hong Kong stand against oppression, even in the most dire of circumstances.

So far there are two episodes available, with two more to be released in the following weeks.

Also read: How Deepfakes Are Changing Our Digital Landscape

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The Protestors In This BBC Documentary About Hong Kong Have AI-Generated Faces
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