Adobe Project Morpheus slammed for deepfake uses

Released: October 2021

Project Morpheus, Adobe's prototype video version of the Neural Filters machine learning-based image-editing tools that the company released as part of Photoshop 22.0, raised concerns due to its potential misuse in creating lifelike deepfake videos.

Like Neural Filters, Morpheus enables users to alter someone's age and facial expressions, whilst adding the ability to change facial hair and glasses.

But the software raised concerns about the ease with which life-like deepfake videos could be created to malign, undermine or otherwise damage the interests or reputation of an individual, group or society.

In a promotional video, Project Morpheus software developer Han Gao claimed that Morpheus was an experiment, and may not end up as part of Photoshop or another Adobe product.

Operator: Adobe
Developer: Adobe
Country: USA
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Manipulate video
Technology: Deepfake - video; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning 
Issue: Dual/multi-use

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Published: October 2021
Last updated: May 2024