1. Exquisite Tweets from @dvoshart, @tsangstagangsta, @MattMiddleton1, @JaneLytv

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    This person does not exist. The face was created by a computer.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    This face was also created by a computer.

    The creator of the software made it so that you can use a fake image and remain anonymous on social media.

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    dvoshart

    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    These are all computer generated faces. The service seems legit. I have reverse-image searched some of them. No results.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    I'm going to dig into this face-generation service a little before sharing what it is. Unreported as far as I can tell.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    I've looked at over a hundred faces.

    I'd say 90% of them, scaled-down to 300x300 pixels, would easily pass a Turing test.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    The flaws in these computer-generated faces are subtle. This thing (I am tempted to say woman, but they don't exist) has different colour eyes that aren't quite aimed in the right direction.
    Plenty of people have strabismus. Plenty have heterochromia. Few both.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Friend has shown me the likely tech behind the face generation: by NVIDEA
    β€œGenerative adversarial networks learn to generate entirely new images that mimic the appearance of real photos”
    youtu.be/kSLJriaOumA

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    dvoshart

    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    A couple days ago, reported on similar tech. Websites cite thispersondoesnotexist.com but the site is different than what I'm looking at.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    The service I'm looking at seems *very* similar to thispersondoesnotexist except it claims to be be generating them. The latter appears to be showing images from a pre-filtered database.

    Here is one with an obvious and bizarre flaw:

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    The software seems to have trouble creating faces in profile.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Software also has issues with unique/complex backgrounds.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Sometimes it has trouble with glasses. You would have to be looking for flaws.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Face generation seems to get confused when there is a second person in the frame.

    New rule for online dating: only swipe right to group photos 😜

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

  2. Missing child... because this child does not exist and could never be found.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Another edge case: shadows at high-noon.
    The image looks like a real human until you zoom in.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    dvoshart

    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    This one is definitely real. I'm sure I've rejected this person's LinkedIn invite a dozen times.

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    It seems like this database is using the same NVIDIA dataset. Sourced from 70,000 faces cropped to 1024x1024 pixels (sourced from Flickr). This diagram is called "Style Mixing".

    A better name is: creepy digital breeding. arxiv.org/abs/1812.04948

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    dvoshart

    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Alright, I've downloaded about 400 images and I've found six duplicates (12 total). I don't know much about statistics but it's fair to say new images aren't being generated when I click "generate" but being pulled from a pre-generated database (maybe growing, maybe not).

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

    Its not hard to see this technology being used for nefarious purposes. via: youtube.com/watch?v=kSLJri…

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    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’

  3. Yes, but the likelihood of it becoming relegated to a $1 app people use to send a message to their friends as a person of another ethnicity is a little bit sad. (Adjusts sliders on custom genetic engineering UI) Nefarious? No...

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    MattMiddleton1

    Matt Middleton

  4. If you tweet me your results I'll reply with a real dog gif. Good luck to you all:
    buzzfeednews.com/article/janely…

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    JaneLytv

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  5. Good BuzzFeed quiz with an informative link at the end on identifying fake faces. twitter.com/JaneLytv/statu…

    Jane Lytvynenko πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ @
    If you tweet me your results I'll reply with a real dog gif. Good luck to you all:
    buzzfeednews.com/article/janely…

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    dvoshart

    Dan Voshart 𓀑 π“€’ 𓀓 π“€’