ability of AI to generate fake visuals is not yet mainstream knowledge, but a
new website — ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com —
offers a quick and persuasive education.
is the creation of Philip Wang, a software engineer at Uber, and uses research released last year by
chip designer Nvidia to create an endless stream of fake portraits. The
algorithm behind it is trained on a huge dataset of real images, then uses a
type of neural network known as a generative adversarial
network (or GAN) to fabricate new examples.
you refresh the site, the network will generate a new facial image from
scratch,” wrote Wang in a Facebook post.
He added in a statement to Motherboard:
“Most people do not understand how good AIs will be at synthesizing images in
underlying AI framework powering the site was originally invented by a
researcher named Ian Goodfellow.
Nvidia’s take on the algorithm, named StyleGAN, was made open source recently
and has proven to be incredibly flexible. Although this version of the model is
trained to generate human faces, it can, in theory, mimic any source.
Researchers are already experimenting with other targets. including anime characters, fonts, and graffiti.
we’ve discussed before at The
Verge, the power of algorithms like StyleGAN raise a lot of
questions. On the one hand there are obvious creative applications for this
technology. Programs like this could create endless virtual worlds, as well as
help designers and illustrators. They’re already leading to new types of artwork.
are the downsides. As we’ve seen in discussions about deepfakes (which use GANs
to paste people’s faces onto target videos, often in order to create
non-consensual pornography), the ability to manipulate and generate realistic
imagery at scale is going to have a huge effect on how modern societies think
about evidence and trust. Such software could also be extremely useful for
creating political propaganda and influence campaigns.
words, ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com is
just the polite introduction to this new technology. The rude awakening comes
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