Science on Tap to focus on fake video detection through physics

Thursday, August 20, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – How to detect fake videos using physics will be the focus of Southeastern Louisiana University’s next Science on Tap seminar, scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 1
    Now in its third year of monthly informal science presentations, Science on Tap is sponsored by Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences. The presentations, which cover a variety of physical and biological topics, will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
    “Internet is full of videos and many of these are not real,” explained physicist Rhett Allain, who is presenting the lecture. “Everyone knows that many movie trailers aren’t actually real and neither are video games. There are also some videos that seem so incredible that we think they must be fake, but that’s not necessarily so. Finally, there are seemingly simple videos that were created just to fool people into believing they are real.”
    An associate professor of physics and frequent contributor to “Wired” magazine, Allain said people are often left with the question of whether a video is real or fake.
    “Fortunately, we have the tools to answer this question,” he added. “With video analysis and some fundamental physics principles, we will investigate several interesting online videos.”
    For more information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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