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Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Technology
The creator of a series of deepfake Tom Cruise videos says he wants to make people more aware of what they are watching - and that it might not be real.Viewed more than 11 million times, Chris Ume's videos appear to show Cruise playing golf, doing a magic trick, and falling over while telling a story about former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A deepfake usually involves an image or video in which a person or object is visually or audibly manipulated to say and do something that is fabricated.Most people realised Ume's videos were fake - but the 31-year-old says the speed the technology is advancing could pose problems in future. Image: The real Tom Cruise? "I always try to make funny content, but at the same time, when people see t...
Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Health
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Roughly half of adults in the United States believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to come, according to the findings of a survey released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly 70% of the respondents indicated that they are worried that they or someone in their family will get sick from the disease, the data showed. Advertisement This is the highest percentage since the Kaiser Family Foundation began tracking the statistic in February, the organization said. The findings are from the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, a survey of 1,676 adults aged 18 years or older from across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the role of the United States in global health ...
Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM’s plan?

Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM’s plan?

Health
After dangling the possibility of a mini-lockdown to break coronavirus's chain of transmission, Boris Johnson has opted for a much softer strategy.The new Covid restrictions for England - which allow pubs and restaurants to remain open and households to continue mixing - have been met by scientists with responses ranging from praise to despair.Dame Anne Johnson, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, said it was essential to act quickly to stop the growth in the epidemic. She is "pleased" to see the government acting now, and says the change in messaging may be enough to change the virus's course.But there are concerns that it won't- and if it doesn't in the next week or so, she says, decisio...
Anthony Joshua blasts back at critics after Black Lives Matter protest speech: ‘If you think I’m a racist, go f*** yourself’

Anthony Joshua blasts back at critics after Black Lives Matter protest speech: ‘If you think I’m a racist, go f*** yourself’

Sports
Anthony Joshua has strongly hit back at critics of his speech at the Black Lives Matter protest in Watford on Saturday. The unified heavyweight champion took part in a march and park gathering in his hometown of Watford, where he was pictured on crutches wearing a leg brace. Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing Joshua holds the WBA, IBF & WBO titles At the park gathering, he took the microphone and spoke for several minutes. AJ initially read out a speech from someone who could not be there to voice their own opinion. He then went on to talk to a Watford councillor about securing a premises to further this discussion. A brief snippet of the initial speech was taken out of context and uploaded to social media on Saturday evening, in which Joshua read ou...