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Exploring deepfakes with Richard DeVaul

“An unprecedented attack on documentary reality”

In Roadrunner, the recently released documentary about the life and tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, he narrates an email sent to a friend in which he says “…and my life is sort of shit now. You are successful, and I am successful, and I’m wondering: Are you happy?” Bourdain’s voice is featured throughout the film, but these three lines of dialogue were particularly unique, because they were in fact never spoken by the late chef and travel documentarian. The documentary’s director Morgan Neville had contracted an AI company and supplied it with dozens of hours of Bourdain speaking, who then used them to create these three lines of dialogue.

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