They weren’t just Photoshopped, they were generated by artificial intelligence.
NVIDIA researchers published a paper on customizing the style of realistic faces created by a generative adversarial network (GAN).
GAN has only existed for about four years, but in less than half a decade, the realism has improved to the point where most people might not be able to tell the portraits are fake, even when examining them up close.
Researchers are able to copy source faces onto destination faces, creating blends that copy features but also look like totally new people
This technology seems to have the potential to disrupt the world of photography. It’s by no means limited to generating faces — it can also create everything from fake interior real estate photos. In 2014, 75% of IKEA’s catalog photos were computer-generated.
(via Peta Pixel)