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Scary Political Halloween-Themed Videos

MIT Uses AI to Superimpose Trump's Face on Frankenstein

— January 29, 2019 — Pop Culture
Late last year researchers and students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released political Halloween-themed videos that saw Donald Trump in the role of 'Young Frankenstein' from the 1974 film directed by Mel Brooks and as Bette Midler in the 1993 'Hocus Pocus' by Kenny Ortega. Wildly entertaining, somewhat disturbing and also quite funny, the project is a true testimony to how far AI technology has gone in such a short time span.

The creators used machine learning and AI "to generate new images by looking at thousands of existing pictures." In collaboration with deepfake video expert DeepHomage, the MIT group was able to collect data from 3,000 photos of Donald Trump and successfully insert the president in the classic Halloween-themed videos.

The results are deemed to be "suitably ghoulish" and "realistic-looking."
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