The Rude Awakening

James Vincent, writing for The Verge, highlights a website that is the tip of the iceberg of a technology war that I think will be the leading issue of the 21st century: The ability of AI to generate fake visuals.

ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com creates an endless stream of fake portraits. The software is relatively easily available and has already changed the face of porn and in a lot of places eliminated the uncanny valley” of CGI.

…the ability to manipulate and generate realistic imagery at scale is going to have a huge effect on how modern societies think about evidence and trust. Such software could also be extremely useful for creating political propaganda and influence campaigns.

In other words, ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com is just the polite introduction to this new technology. The rude awakening comes later.

Expect porn and politics to be the first places this technology thrives.

February 15, 2019


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