Nvidia’s AI is currently capable of generating some legitimately incredible human faces that are indistinguishable from real life. They’ve also made some truly nightmarish cats, but we’ll get on to those later.
A recent paper published by Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila over at Nvdia shows off just what their AI can do, generating completely believable photographs of humans that have never actually existed.
I don’t know whether I’m more impressed or terrified, but I do know now that it’s only a matter of time before an AI goes rogue and appears on MTV’s Catfish. Take a look at some examples in the video below.
The paper – which you can read here – explains:
We propose an alternative generator architecture for generative adversarial networks, borrowing from style transfer literature. The new architecture leads to an automatically learned, unsupervised separation of high-level attributes (e.g., pose and identity when trained on human faces) and stochastic variation in the generated images (e.g., freckles, hair), and it enables intuitive, scale-specific control of the synthesis.
If you’ll allow me explain what the above means in terms an idiot like me could understand: The smart people have done something extremely clever, so let’s chalk it up to witchcraft and be done with it.
The same method used to create these fake humans (still not sure I’m okay with that) is also applied to create bedrooms, cars, and cats. The bedrooms and cars look fine, because… well, they’re bedrooms and cars.
The cats on the other hand, resemble some full on Bloodborne nightmare shenanigans that I want no part of. Just look at this demon:
I don’t know what the hell that thing is, but it is not a cat. If you threw holy water at it, it would almost certainly burst into flames and return to the fiery pit of misery and darkness from whence it came.
Still, great job on everything else, Nvidia. AI sure is as impressive as it is terrifying.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.