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This Website Uses AI To Generate Incredibly Realistic Photos Of People Who Don't Exist

Not photos of dead people, but people who have never existed at all. Spooky.

Have you ever wanted to look at a never-ending number of photos of people who don’t exist? Really, you have? Well ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com is here to make your weird dreams come true. Every time you hit refresh, the website will generate an incredibly realistic-looking photo of a person who doesn’t exist.

According to Motherboard, the website uses an implementation of machine learning, known as Generative Adversarial Networks, which means that the programs learn from a variety of different inputs, such as real human faces, so that it can create new examples.

While speaking to Motherboard, the site’s creator, Philip Wang, said:

“Most people do not understand how good AIs will be at synthesizing images in the future.”

That seems like a massive understatement – the average person barely understands all of the things AIs are capable of doing now, let alone twenty years into the future, by which time they’ll probably be running society.

If it’s any comfort, the AI-generated photos aren’t completely flawless – Futurism directed readers to examine the below photo for errors, specifically around her teeth.

I think… the teeth are slightly out of alignment? It’s an incredibly minor flaw, to be honest, but it’s good to know the robots haven’t nailed perfection just yet.

Futurism does describe other errors, though, including one photo where a woman’s face was covered in red streaks, and another where a man had a black hole swirling around in his neck, which sound metal as hell.

 

The closest thing to an error that I found was the unusual texture on the bottom half of this photo:

Anyway, if you’re bored this weekend, feel free to keep refreshing until you find something horrific, or, alternatively, until you find someone who looks eerily similar to someone you know.

After Seven Years Of Dwindling Engagement, Google Is Finally Laying Google+ To Rest On April 2

RIP.

Back in December, Google announced that they would be closing down their social network, Google+, as a result of “low usage and and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations”, and now we have a date for that closure: April 2nd.

If the numbers are anything to go by, you probably don’t use Google+, so this news probably doesn’t affect you. But the fact that one of the largest tech companies in the world couldn’t create a successful social networking platform that consumers actually wanted to use is an interesting one.

An email sent out to all Google+ users explains that on April 2nd, all Google+ pages will be shut down, and Google will begin deleting data from user accounts, including photos and videos stored in the album archives. As early as Monday, February 4th, users will no longer be able to create new pages or communities.

If you’re anything like me, you used your Gmail address to sign into Google+ once or twice and never thought about it again.

From a user’s point of view, what purpose did Google+ serve that wasn’t already being filled by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even LinkedIn? Google jumped on the social media train too late; by 2011, people had already become reliant on Facebook as their main social media platform.

The interface was minimalist and honestly, a little boring – sure, Facebook has a habit of changing their homepage every six months, causing millions of people to complain, but at least it looks engaging. Yes, Facebook isn’t without its controversies, but it’s hardly alone in that.

The Guardian suggested that part of the reason for the closure could be the data leak that Google+ experienced in March 2018, but that Google didn’t disclose until six months later. The leak “potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts”, and my main takeaway from that is sheer amazement that 500,000 Google+ accounts even existed, frankly.

The closure of Google+ and the deletion of data won’t affect your Gmail account, or your Google Photo archive, or your YouTube account, so don’t panic. If you have anything on Google+ that you want to save, you can download all of your data here. Otherwise, let’s just pour one out for the social network that never quite made it.

Samsung Will Be Releasing A Foldable Phone Later This Year In Case That Was Something You Thought You Needed

Have you ever wished you could fold your phone? No? Why not?

Samsung’s Director of Product Strategy and Marketing has revealed that the company will be releasing a foldable phone later in the year, much to the confusion of everyone (or maybe just me) who had no idea that foldable phones were even a remote possibility.

Director Suzanne de Silva revealed at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that the phone will be arriving in the first half of 2019, but wouldn’t say much more beyond that.

So what else do we know about the phone?

According to Gizmodo, there were rumours late last year that the phone would cost somewhere around 2 million won, or roughly $2493AUD.

The phone is able to be folded because of something Samsung calls the ‘Infinity Flex Display’, which allows use without degradation.

It will run a new OS that’s designed for one-handed use, and will be able to run up to three apps simultaneously.

This all sounds really futuristic and expensive, but foldable phones aren’t new. Who didn’t have one of these in 2005?

Foldable and incredibly durable, and it didn’t cost almost $2500.

This feels like evidence that trends in phones are cyclical: when mobile phones first came out, they were huge and clunky, so when companies wanted to modernise, they shrunk their phones. But for the past few years, phone screens have been getting bigger and bigger.

Now, after moving away from flip phones since smart phones became the norm, we’re going back to phones that you can flip (okay, fold)!

Clearly, there are no new ideas under the sun.

I would personally like to see the revival of the Hiptop. Can somebody make this happen?

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