Doing something a little different this beautiful sunny Friday! How about Fun Friday? Look at the pictures below. Think you can tell which of these people are real?
Go look. I'll wait here.
None of them are. Want to generate fake people of your own? Go to this link and hit your browser's refresh button for a new non-person every two seconds: This Person Does Not Exist
All of these 'people' are stitched together using Generative Adversarial Networks or GANs for short. It's AI - A type of a machine learning network. It kind of gives me the creeps, but it's also very cool.
Right now, it's very easy to see the bits that look like bad image alterations. Some are much easier than others. The guy with the disembodied hand on his shoulder is the perfect example of this, as is the woman with the orange hair. It's clear that the computers thought her hair was the color of the hat rim and thought the hand was an exposed part of his body. It's a color error.
Thing is, this network is learning what works and what doesn't, so it will improve with time without human intervention. It's rudimentary now. Imagine what it will be able to do in the future - Make entire videos without the need for any biological input?
You can read about it at Wikipedia: