Software engineer Phillip Wang’s website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com conjures human faces.
Every time it is refreshed, the website generates a new facial image. “I have it dream up a random face every two seconds, and display that to the world in a scalable fashion,” Wang told Motherboard. “Nothing fancy.”
According to Wang’s Facebook post, the former-Uber software engineer decided to build the website to “raise some public awareness for this technology.” In the post, Wang shares that he used a neural network released by Nvidia researchers on GitHub in order to build the site. The Nvidia researchers’ work, wrote Wang, represents the “current state of the art generative adversarial network” (GAN) which is a machine learning algorithm. The algorithm behind Wang’s site “learns” from actual faces and produces new and believable fake faces.
Critics fear these type of videos can be used to enhance fake news with fake images and perhaps making them more likely to deceive the public. GANS have already been used for the creation of fake porn videos known as “deepfakes,” according to Vice.
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