The researchers, based at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow. Also performed the effect on images of Marilyn Monroe. And Albert Einstein. They using the moving facial features of other people which was then “mapped” onto their faces, a technique known as “puppeteering”.

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Marilyn Monroe was also brought to life using the technology

Other models have required a large set of images in order to create a fake video, but Samsung’s method can do it with just one, though the effect is more convincing if more images use.

In the Mona Lisa example, a video published by the same team shows that the animated painting looks slightly different depending on the person used as the moving image source.  “We show that such an approach is able to learn highly realistic and personalized talking head models of new people and even portrait paintings,” the authors said.

Concerns raise about the potential uses of such technology in the wrong hands, and the ability of the public to be able to distinguish between real videos and those which have been created in order to influence public perception of a politician.

Last year US lawmakers warned that such faked videos could be damaging to national security.  Researchers and even journalists have created convincing fake videos of figures including former US president Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In one case a speech given by Mr Obama was “mapped” onto images of Mr Putin, making it look like they were his words.

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