No matter how you feel about them, artificially intelligent machines are here to stay.
And while we haven’t cracked a fully functioning simulation of human learning, reasoning and self-correction, we do have AI that can do their ‘one thing’ really, really well.
Released by the University of California Berkeley, CycleGAN is a model that can use machine learning to transform videos and images in truly remarkable ways.
You can turn your horse into a zebra:
Or your painting into a picture:
Or this completely random man who happens to be riding a horse into a terrifying zebra landscape:
Phillip Wang, formerly a software engineer at Uber, built https://thispersondoesnotexist.com using an open source program developed over 2 years by Nvidia. Wang explains the program fabricates a “facial image from scratch from a 512 dimensional vector”. In layman’s terms, the site takes inspiration from real people’s images and produces a hyper-realistic combination – using people as ‘style guides’.
The website was first posted in a public Facebook group by Wang on 12 February, and within a few days it had climbed to fame across the AI news scene.
thispersondoesnotexist.com is something to be experienced rather than read. Hover over your refresh button and enjoy an endless stream of AI-generated faces.
Elon Musk-backed company OpenAI has made a major breakthrough in AI-generated text with their new AI model, GPT2. By feeding in anything from a few words to paragraphs of text, the software can beautifully craft the next few sentences of copy.
Unlike more rudimentary text generators, GPT2 produces high-quality, on-topic content in the text’s original writing style while maintaining correct syntax. See how it works here.
The output of the software was so staggering that OpenAI deemed the potential for GPT2’s misuse too great for public release. Before releasing their research, the company will discuss what repercussions could come from the public availability of this technology.
This is the ethical dilemma companies like OpenAI face when deciding whether to publicise their research. AI is creating content and material that could easily be mistaken for reality or something created by a human. And with that power comes great responsibility.
Only time will tell what happens. Or maybe we could just listen to Ray Kurzweil.
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