Reclaim the Future: The Dawn of Synthetic Media: Are Deepfakes and Digital Avatars taking over? - Recap 27 October 2020.

Future Forum by BMW Welt Reclaim the Future
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Who hasn't dreamt of playing the leading role in their own favorite movie? This dream could soon become reality. Because with artificial intelligence, faces can already be swapped in videos. Clips are circulating on the Internet in which Tom Selleck plays Indiana Jones instead of Harrison Ford. The quality of these deepfakes is getting better and better. And start-ups have already developed digital avatars of people with which realistic videos can be created without a living person in front of the camera. Speech can now also be generated synthetically. 

Advances in AI are leading to new synthetic media – opening up entirely new possibilities for entertainment, customer service or content creation. But fakes can also be a danger if they are used to spread false information, hate or agitation. How can we take advantage of the opportunities offered by this technology while minimizing the risks?

If you want to get to know more about the dawn of synthetic media, watch the recording of the whole event here.


BMW Welt Wolfgang Kerler

During his career as a journalist, he has worked in Germany and abroad for various media such as ARD, Deutschlandfunk, The Verge, Wired, Inter Press Service and Reuters. He received several awards.

BMW Welt Jonas Mayer

Jonas Mayer works in the Innovation Hacking Team of TNG Technology Consulting where his main focus lies on creating innovative showcases and prototypes in both soft- and hardware. Since 2018 he's been working on numerous projects ranging from real-time deepfakes, over mixed reality art experiences, all the way to autonomous miniature drones.

Prior to joining TNG, Jonas studied Informatics: Games Engineering at the TU Munich. Apart from the obvious game projects throughout the course of his studies, he focused mainly on artificial intelligence and high performance computing.

BMW Welt Natalie Monbiot

Natalie is the Head of Business Strategy and member of the founding team at HourOne. She leads all commercial efforts out of New York City, where she is based. Prior to HourOne, Natalie was the Senior Vice President of Futures at Publicis Groupe, with special focus on Samsung, where she helped define Samsung’s Health and Wellness Strategy, and evaluated growth opportunities in emerging tech including AI, blockchain and 5G. Prior to Publicis, Natalie spent more than a decade at Interpublic Group agencies. She served as Managing Partner, Head of Digital at UM, where she defined the agency’s digital strategy, and secured major client wins including Coca Cola, Sony, BMW USA and Spotify. Natalie’s been named an Internationalist Innovator and Cynopsis Top Women in Digital, and she a regular speaker at top global conferences, including Web Summit, Collision and Cannes Lions.

BMW Welt Nick Nigam

Nick is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Europe, where he focuses on early stage investments. He was heavily involved in establishing and building out the Samsung NEXT Europe team. Nick played a key role in Samsung NEXT's investments in LiquidSky, Sorenson Media, and Spatial, and is a Board Observer for Unbabel and Grover. Nick was also involved in Samsung NEXT's acquisition of AdGear. He received an MBA from MIT and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. He began his career as a finance lawyer at Dewey & LeBoeuf, then Morgan Lewis, in London and Moscow.