Look, if I knew that whatever unholy technology gave us Gollum would help bring us to this weird technological dystopia we’re currently in, I don’t think I would have made my impression of him so killer diller. That said, from the same world that brought us Deep Fakes, that unnerving video editing technology that can make it seem like Steve Buscemi’s head is on Jennifer Lawrence’s body with nary a tell and that will someday be used to lie to us all, comes “ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, a website which will generate, using artificial intelligence, a completely random face of a person who does not exist, but damn it if they don’t look real. It’s creepy as hell, but fascinating all the while. My first thoughts are: I can’t wait to see all these fake people catfish everyone alive, and I’m sure some huge weirdo looking to stalk his ex girlfriend is refreshing it feverishly looking for the perfect face to start a new profile and get past the blocks she set up.
Technology!!! It is upsetting as hell!
This new brother to the Deep Fakes is created by Phillip Wang, a software engineer at Uber, and it uses the neural network GAN (or Generative Adversarial Network). Nvidia also added to the project by creating StyleGAN, the chip which pulls from the internet to create all these new faces. According to the verge it can also work with cartoons and fonts, so get ready everyone. Get ready for all of your future fascism and your fonts. Get ready.
Phillip Wang covered his technological discoveries in a Facebook post, which can be seen in the hyperlink, and discusses how he created the website to try to introduce this unsettling topic to a mainstream audience. Oof. Consider it introduced, I guess.
What do you think of this terrifying website? And more importantly, what do you think of this one fucked up face I got that looks like a little kid with an old man’s face and a blue dot behind his ear? Man, I guess once in a while a crazy one comes up, but still!
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