Nowadays, technology can be really shocking. One wrong step and your data can be sold and misused. Data security is a growing area that is becoming more important by the day. That’s why the Deutsches Zunkunftsmuseum Nürnberg is holding an exhibit to show what software and hardware are capable of today.

The current project is about creating such an exhibit to inform visitors about the possibilities of modern technologies and, therefore, possible risks that are tight with surveillance and/or data privacy. As a team of 6 enthusiastic students we intend to design and develop an exhibit for Deutsches Museum to help raise people awareness of data security. The main goal here is to ensure a shocking effect for visitors and present learning outcomes.

To do this, we will take pictures to create deepfakes and collect other information such as age, gender, region of origin. We will present the collected information in a shocking and educational way for the museum visitors. As an output device a 24 inches Dell touchscreen is used. A visitor can interact with our system by using the self-built web application and providing necessary data while engaging in playful scenarios. The software is currently installed on an ACER Nitro laptop with a Geforce 1060 graphics card. With this mid-range laptop, we want to demonstrate that, theoretically, everyone nowadays has the hardware requirements to create deepfakes.  Therefore Jian Zhao’s enhanced DeepfakeModel, which is based on Aliksandr Siarohin first-order-model, is used. We use the pre-trained model vox-adv-256, also provided by Aliksandr Siarohin.


Development Team: Siao Fang Chen, Ekaterina Alekseenko, Noah Schäfer, Juliane Ort, Luis Cervantes, Denis Gosalci

Scrum Master: Ann-Kristin Seifer, Matthias Zürl

Partner: Deutsches Museum