Jaewoo Seo, director of engineering at Pinscreen, uses 3D real time capture technology. The company's goal is to make lifelike avatars for gaming or communication, but in the wrong hands, the technology could easily be used to deceive people. Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Think fake news is bad? Just wait for the fake video that starts a war – the terrifying truth about AI, algorithms and avatars

From a single selfie, new technology can create a moving, talking avatar. Soon it could be a smartphone app. It could come in handy if you have to skip a video call, but what of the fake North Korea video announcing a missile attack?

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Jaewoo Seo, director of engineering at Pinscreen, uses 3D real time capture technology. The company's goal is to make lifelike avatars for gaming or communication, but in the wrong hands, the technology could easily be used to deceive people. Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS
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