We have written about Nvidia’s astonishing AI-generated images before. This American graphics processing company has utilised duelling neural networks to create images that are startlingly realistic. The company’s use of AI enables them to create images of just about anything, but it’s the pictures of people that don’t actually exist that have totally blown the public’s minds.
General Adversarial Networks, or GANs for short, create these convincing images by training two neural networks on a particular data set, and then having one of the two networks create new images, which the duelling network then has to label as real or fake. As the discriminating network becomes more adept at recognising fakes, the network creating the images constantly improves.
Now, while we haven’t quite reached the stage where images generated by computers can always fool actual human beings, Nvidia’s AI-generated images gets pretty close. If you fancy yourself a tad smarter than a computer, you can now also try and distinguish the real image from the fake on the Which Face Is Real website.
The website forms a part of the Calling Bullsh*t Project, created by University of Washington professors, Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. The project aims to educate the public and teach them to spot fakes in an era where these are more prevalent – and convincing – than ever before.
On their website, the founders of the project explain that the project was born out of a need to address the huge amount of fake content users have to find their way through in the current age.
“We’re sick of it. It’s time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullsh*t-rich modern environment by identifying bullsh*t, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument.”
Before you embark on your own myth-busting mission, take a look at the images below. Which one is real, and which one was created by a GAN?
There are some tips to spot a fake on the Which Face Is Real website, and you might do well to check it out before taking the quiz, but if you’re ready, visit Which Face Is Real and stand amazed at how easy it has become to dupe people with images that are the result of a computer’s imagination.
PS. The image on the left is real – the image on the right was created by general adversarial networks.