YouTuber “Ctrl Shift Face” is known for their many deepfake videos, like replacing Jack Nicholson with Jim Carrey in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Now, we get to see what Bruce Lee might have looked like in The Matrix if he were alive and replaced Keanu Reeves. Interested in trying this yourself, check out FakeApp. This piece of software lets users to easily create and share videos with faces swapped using an artificial neural network and the power of the graphics processor. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ever wonder how celebrities, or yourself, would look about 30-years in the future? The FaceApp aging feature should do the trick, and recently it’s become a social media hit, with many using it on well-known actors, like Tom Holland and Chris Evans. How does it work? It uses AI-powered neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. That’s right, the app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or even change gender. Read more to see a few popular celebrities decades in the future.
Photo credit: Ard Gelinck via Peta Pixel
Dutch artist Ard Gelinck has an ongoing series titled “Then and Now” where he uses Photoshop to create portraits of celebrities posing with their younger selves. They include: Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Matt Leblanc, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and more. Now the perfect followup to this series would be to ask these celebrities one thing they would have told their younger self. Read more to see some of the most popular images.
For those who haven’t been following Deepfake, it’s basically an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique called a “generative adversarial network” (GAN). The most recent example to go viral on social media is this clip from the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, and as you can see, Steve Buscemi’s head has been superimposed onto Jennifer Lawrence’s body. Read more to watch the original clip with Jennifer Lawrence and another video on Deepfakes.
Amazon.com is no stranger to the Super Bowl, and this year is no exception. Alexa once again takes center stage, and several celebrities are back to help the voice assistant for Super Bowl LIII in the Amazon Beta Testing Program, which is described as “a top secret division which employs celebrities to test Alexa-enabled technologies. Stars include Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker, “Broad City” creators Ilana Glazer / Abbi Jacobson, and astronaut twins Scott / Mark Kelly. Read more to watch all four of the teaser videos.
Photo credit: Kirby Jenner via Bored Panda
This isn’t the first time someone has digitally inserted themselves into celebrity photos, but “KirbyJenner” is the latest to do so, and is making waves by appearing in Kendall Jenner’s Instagram photos. “Kendall and I had to do science fair projects in 4th grade. Hers was called “How Flowers Bloom” and mine was called ‘Deadly Killer Bumblebees: When Will They Strike Next?” Kendall got an ‘A’ but I got a ‘D-’ because my data was pretty inconclusive and also made up. Anyways, that’s what this photo is supposed to symbolize. I think it’s art,” said Kirby about the photo above. Read more for some of his most popular images.