This Person Does Not Exist

I’ve been very interested in current advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for several years now, so it is not quite often that a new website takes me by surprise. This week, one site managed to do just that: each time you hit refresh on the site creates a shockingly realistic — but totally fake —picture of a person’s face using a generative adversarial networks (GAN) algorithm.

You can even embed those images in your own web pages:

The site was created by Uber engineer Phillip Wang as a clever demonstration. The underlying code behind this site is called StyleGAN and was created by Nvidia (NVDA) and featured in a research paper.

This GAN type of neural network has huge potential for video gaming technology - hence Nvidia’s interest and research - but could also be used to create more realistic Deepfakes (AI-generated images or videos that can be used to push fake news narratives or other hoaxes).