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This website uses AI to generate a fake human face every two seconds

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Feb 15, 2019
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  1. Deepfakes, or the act of using artificial intelligence and machine learning to plaster celebrity faces onto the bodies of other people, is a hot-button issue in the tech community. Perhaps even more alarming is a new website that demonstrates an algorithm’s ability to create portraits on command of people that don’t actually exist.

    ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, the brainchild of Uber software engineer Phillip Wang, uses generative adversarial network (GAN) technology from Nvidia called StyleGAN to create a new facial image from scratch based on a 512 dimensional vector.

    The results, more often than not, are indistinguishable from authentic images. Occasionally, you’ll come across a generated image with some obvious artifacts and if you take extra time to analyze the offerings as a whole, you may notice that teeth sometimes look a bit unusual with random discoloration or spotting.

    Still, for technology that’s only in its infancy, it’s darn impressive… or outright scary, depending on your take. If it’s this “easy” to generate a fake face, it won’t be long before we are able to create other fake things... evidence, environments, societies. Maybe Elon Musk’s theory about us being in a simulation isn’t all that far-fetched?

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  2. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 272   +189

    We are quickly reaching the point were we won't be able to trust video anymore, are at that this point already for photos. It's going to be an interesting time once realistic video and audio of a person can be created of them doing anything.
    syrious01, toooooot and VitalyT like this.
  3. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 272   +189

    If anyone should be scared of this, it's actors soon you all will be out of a job replaced with a digital better looking, better acting AI replacement. It seem to me the matrix end of human existence is closer then we think.
    VitalyT likes this.
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,911   +1,156

    I'm just thinking how this can be used to assure maximum crowd size at next inaugural.
    iamcts and Godel like this.
  5. havok585

    havok585 TS Addict Posts: 200   +57

    1984 is almost here.

    The psychopaths that occupy the highest positions on the world stage will use this tech to incriminate anyone they desire.
    syrious01 likes this.
  6. Sean T

    Sean T TS Rookie

    Skynet needs a way to build different looking Terminators....
  7. DongBeetle

    DongBeetle TS Rookie

    That will never happen because you'll still actors to do the voices.
  8. Try using the website and look at the people in the background.
  9. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Addict Posts: 146   +118

    I would date the first one. What does the rest of her body look like, please?
  10. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 272   +189

    Nope AI can mimic any voice. They just type in what they want it to say.


    Just a couple samples of how they can create voices. You are less important in the eyes of those who control the system then you know.
  11. GamerNerves

    GamerNerves TS Rookie Posts: 25   +12

    Technology like this can be used to fight crime when trying to recreate possible suspects from only a short voice sample or such. The possibilities for good purposes are numerous. Video games can always use more advanced procedural generation what will benefit from this so called "AI tech". On the other hand, scams and such are going to be rampant.

    While masses think that internet should not be controlled in any manner, after a time spent with wildly spread scams and fake computer generated content it is likely that stricter control is desired. Even now some controlling of web anonymity would be positive, so people couldn't shout insults and write false information on the internet without any responsibility.

    Scamming people will become more difficult though, since awareness is going to rise at a same phase. People will more likely to check sources and even various tools can be used to scan material that could be generated to know if it is real. As an example antivirus suites can include some tools for this purpose in a near future.

    If we take the USA's first manned moonlanding as an example, either if it did really happen or not, mere video footage like @Misagt said above is not enough to proove things anymore. It is possible if fast travelling like flying becomes even more affordable and less of a hassle, people will go more to places themselves and see things with their own eyes. I don't see much popularity for VR in things like museum trips, if even gaming is going to be a breakthrough, since you never cannot be quite sure how real things would look in real life and you simply cannot touch things, which is important.

    All in all some interesting possibilities do rise, but careful examination of any information we receive is a matter already and is going get more alerting from now on.
  12. Bp968

    Bp968 TS Booster Posts: 81   +56

    I think this was written by an AI...


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