Finally, a story about deepfakes that’s free from the and that plague the people creating them. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm confirmed that the company had hired a popular deepfake creator as a “senior facial capture artist” under the company’s computer graphics subsidiary, Industrial Light and Magic.
The creator, a UK-based YouTuber named Shamook, had recently garnered fame in the Star wars community after one of his ended up going viral. The clip was specifically designed to improve the appearance of a young Mark Hamill during The Mandalorian season two finale and has racked up more than two million views on YouTube.
And it’s easy to see why—looking at Shamook’s deepfake work alongside the work of Industrial Light and Magic (the Lucasfilm division responsible for these sorts of CG graphics), the hobbyist’s work is arguably better than that of the pros.
Apparently, the clip was good enough to convince the Industrial Light and Magic team to recruit Shamook for the Mandalorian’s . “Over the past several years, ILM has been investing in both machine learning and A.I. as a means to produce compelling visual effects work,” a spokesperson said in about the hire. They added that the company is “always on the lookout for talented artists,” and that it’s “it’s been terrific to see momentum building in this space as the technology advances.”
Shamook hinted to the hire earlier this month in a comment left on his YouTube channel noting that since joining up with Lucasfilm earlier this year, he hasn’t “had the time to work on any new YouTube content,” on his channel, though he also added that now that he’s “settled” into the role, “uploads should start increasing again.”
While his Luke Skywalker deepfake clip might have been his big break, Shamook’s been using deepfake technology to create all sorts of content since his channel first debuted in 2018. He’s used his skills to put a deepfaked Will Smith into the , to smooth over during his appearance in the 2017 Justice League film, and de-age a somewhat wrinkly . Hopefully, in this new role, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Shamook’s work on the big screen.
0.02% recovered Covid-19 patients reinfected in Mumbai, BMC data shows
One out of 5,885 — or 0.02% — recovered Covid-19 patients were reinfected in Mumbai, data analysed by the BMC has shown.
Of the 7.41 lakh Covid patients who were surveyed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from the start of the pandemic till November 1, 126 patients were found to have been reinfected with Covid-19 after recovery.
In general, reinfection means a person was infected with novel coronavirus once, recovered, and later became infected again due to exposure to a different or similar strain of Covid-19.
“There is a rising fear among people of getting reinfected with variants of novel coronavirus. We are getting several requests from hospitals to allow booster shots for healthcare workers. But on the ground, data shows that such cases of reinfection are minimal,” said Suresh Kakani, Additional Commissioner, BMC.
Mumbai recorded the most reinfection cases in the second wave due to higher infection rate of Delta variants. Data accessed by The Indian Express show that 82% of the reinfected patients didn]t have any comorbidities. Of the remaining 23 patients, 12 had diabetes and 11 had hypertension.
Out of the 24 wards in Mumbai, only four wards — A (Fort), E (Byculla) FS (Parel) and PS (Goregaon West) — recorded zero cases of reinfection. However, in K-West (Andheri West), 40 of the recovered patients recontracted Covid-19–the highest in Mumbai. This is followed by M-West (Chembur) with 15 reinfection cases. Then comes T (Mulund) ward where 14 patients contracted Covid-19 more than once.
The study-SARS-CoV-2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation (SIREN) — concluded that immune responses from past infection reduce the risk of catching the virus again by 83% for at least five months. But the researchers also found that people who become reinfected can carry high levels of the virus in their nose and throat, which increases the chances of transmitting the virus to others.
“Epidemiologically, we haven’t witnessed a significant difference in the reinfected population. But unvaccinated, single-dose vaccinated or immunocompromised patients suffered severe symptoms of reinfections,” said Dr Hemlata Arora, senior consultant, infectious diseases and internal medicine, Nanavati Hospital.
‘Underreporting a possibility’
Doctors highlighted that the reinfection figure may not provide the real picture as many reinfected patients remain asymptomatic and unreported.
“There is a paucity of broad testing and surveillance and hence we do not know the actual rate of reinfection, and this is all the more amplified as there may be an even bigger pool of asymptomatic undetected reinfections…,” Dr Sanjith Saseedharan, Consultant and Head Critical Care, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim.
Healthcare workers on duty — due to higher exposure in environments where there are more cases of Covid-19 — are more prone to reinfection by the virus. Data shared by Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors show that 60 resident doctors were reinfected with Covid-19 in the last two months.
A series of Right to Information (RTI) filed by The Indian Express shows that civic-run medical colleges don’t have any data of reinfection among its students. In response to an RTI, King Edward Memorial (KEM) Parel — the biggest civic-run hospital — replied on October 21, “For re-infection genomic sampling testing needs to be done. As our hospital doesn’t have genomic testing and all samples of healthcare workers cannot be subjected to genomic sampling, hence this data cannot be provided.”
Sion Hospital in an RTI response on November 12 stated that they don’t maintain the data.
Dr Ramesh Bharmal, director of major civic-run hospitals, said that medical colleges have sent samples of medical students for genome sequencing to Kasturba Gandhi Hospital. “I don’t know why the college administrators responded like this, but we have the data,” he said.
Is This the Biggest Plot Hole In the Revival?
Dexter: New Blood has finally aired and fans are loving the revival series. Dexter Morgan is back, this time living in the small town of Iron Lake, New York under the alias Jim Lindsay. After 10 long years, he reunites with his teenage son Harrison. Although fans have been thoroughly enjoying the revival so far, one issue from the series so far has stood out.
[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for Dexter: New Blood Episodes 1-4]
Dexter kills for the first time in 10 years in ‘Dexter: New Blood’
At the beginning of Dexter: New Blood, Dexter has begun a new life in Iron Lake. He is dating the Chief of Police, Angela Bishop, and is living in a very different environment than Miami. Dexter has even managed to abstain from killing for almost a decade. However, all that changes in episode 1.
In “Cold Snap” Dexter deals with an obnoxious wealthy poacher named Matt Caldwell attempting to buy a guy from Fred’s Fish & Game Shop. Dexter later learns that Matt is responsible for a boat crash that killed five people. At the end of the episode, Matt kills the white dear that Dexter has been infatuated with. Dexter snaps and takes Matt to his kill room.
Dexter is then faced with figuring out what to do with Matt’s body. Unlike in Miami, he doesn’t have a large body of water perfect for making bodies disappear. Eventually, Dexter decides to use a public incinerator in Iron Lake to dispose of the body, but some fans don’t see this as especially realistic.
How did Dexter get rid of Matt Caldwell’s body?
A fan noted onthat it took Dexter quite a while to figure out what seems like the obvious way to solve his problem. “Don’t know how it took Dexter, a mastermind serial killer, a whole episode to realize he can get rid of the human remains by incineration…” they stated. However, that could be explained by Dexter being rusty or preoccupied with the arrival of Harrison.
Still, one thing fans can’t ignore is that even the flames of the public incinerator likely would not have burned hot enough to destroy all traces of Matt. “The bones are still going to be in there,” a fan pointed out simply. “Not just the bones, victim had like a titanium rod in his leg,” another pointed out.
Will Dexter get caught in ‘Dexter: New Blood’?
If these remains are never brought up again, it’s a pretty big plot hole in Dexter: New Blood. However, the series continues to hint that Dexter won’t get off so easy. Matt’s father Kurt is immediately suspicious that something bad happened to his son. He insisted that Angela not give up searching for Matt. Then suddenly, Kurt says he got a FaceTime call from Matt.
Dexter suspects that Kurt may have lied so he can take his revenge on the killer without the interference of the police. Kurt may discover Dexter as the culprit, and find what’s left of Matt’s remains.
New episodes of Dexter: New Blood air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on Showtime.
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