This person does not exist

12 March 2021 Blog

As some of you know, I research artificial intelligence and synthetic media. This is also part of my study Future Design. In the coming weeks, I will share some of my findings with you that you might find interesting as well.

Take a look at this website. The person you see is computer generated and does not exist.
Refresh the page a few times to see more people!

Do you think you can spot the difference between reel and fake photo’s? Try it out here:

How does it work?

Philip Wang created the website thispersondoesnotexist. It makes use of an AI system developed by Nvidia, Called StyleGAN2. This system takes in a very high amount of images. It uses two neural networks, which are algorithms modelled like the neurons in a brain. First, it generates a new image from the dataset based on probability; this is called the generator (neural network 1). It then tries to determine whether that image is a fake or a real face. This is done by the discriminator (neural network 2). After testing itself, it eventually outputs a fake image that is almost impossible to tell apart from the real ones.

Serrano, L. (May 5, 2020). A Friendly Introduction to Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs).

Who’s pictures are used for this?

The Flickr-Faces-HQ Dataset that is used for this consists of 70,000 high-quality PNG images from Flickr. Only images under permissive licenses were collected.

More links to try out: