Incredibly, these 13 things don’t exist
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(Pocket-lint) – Fake news, deep fakes and AI-generated content. The web is full of these things.
Now, generative adversarial networks are being used to create realistic things that don’t exist either. There are all kinds of them too, some are amazing, some silly, all of them certainly interesting.
We have put together a few for you to enjoy.
This cat does not exist
Cats. Either you love them or you hate them. What do you think of a cat that doesn’t even exist?
These AI-generated cats are pretty convincing and aren’t likely to cause you any allergy issues, which is a bonus.
This pony does not exist
This Pony Does Not Exist is a site that displays a colorful grid of AI generated pony portraits created using Nvidia’s StyleGAN2 architecture.
With a little smart magic, these creatures have been created, cropped, scaled, and displayed in all their glory for your viewing pleasure.
This car does not exist
Here is a site that generates vehicles that never existed. All kinds of weird and wonderful cars that you have never seen on the road and will never see.
It’s definitely not the best on our list. Click and refresh the page a few times and you will see some really weird wheeled machines.
These people don’t exist
The people you see in this collection of pictures do not exist and never have existed. They were created by a generative adversarial network originally developed by Nvidia, and later used by Phillip Wang to create This Person Does Not Exist.
This site primarily uses artificial intelligence to randomly generate portraits of people that are completely artificial and yet hyperrealistic. People who have never graced the planet and yet could very easily live near you.
This technology is quite disturbing considering what Reverse noted during the interview with the creator.
“In a society where pictures and images are the standard substitutes for ‘proof’, GANs … will soon allow anyone to provide ‘proof’ that anyone imaginable has done anything imaginable … For example , an infamous actor could broadcast a GAN-generated video or image depicting a bogus event to incite riots, protests or other potentially violent reactions online. “
Scary, but that doesn’t take away from the awesome technology.
This meme does not exist
Everyone loves a good meme. So why not apply artificial intelligence to create new ones. This is exactly what ImgFlip did.
This meme does not exist is the result and the system generated images are, well, something special.
This city does not exist
This City Doesn’t Exist is an awesome website showing various aerial images of cities that don’t actually exist. And yet, they look like something you would find scrolling through Google Maps or looking out of an airplane window. Land and sea collide with man-made structures, all created by artificial intelligence.
These eyes don’t exist
This one might look unusual compared to the others, but it’s actually quite interesting.
The author / creator of This Eye Does Not Exist explains it well:
“Imagine you’re a makeup artist of some sort and you have to conceptualize a new brand of eye makeup. But you’ve got a problem, you’re running out of ideas. Conflicting generative networks allow you to create things that don’t exist, say, photographs of makeup eyes This algorithm essentially allows you to “dream” of new things … “
It’s nice to think that generative accusatory networks could be used for good. Besides creating false nonsense out of ether.
These beetles do not exist
This is an interesting project that uses machine learning to generate illustrations of beetles that don’t actually exist. This was created using machine learning to analyze thousands of illustrations already in the public domain.
Inspired by imagery from zoology, botany, and archeology, This Beetle Doesn’t Exist is certainly fascinating and stands out from the others on this list that exist as somewhat compelling real-world imagery.
These paintings do not exist
This interesting addition to our list takes something that doesn’t exist and turns it into a physical thing that does exist.
These are works of art created using Google’s BigGAN (Generative Adversarial Networks), then printed and painted for your enjoyment by Ganvas Studio.
The idea is to use Joel Simon’s Ganbreeder system to create your own illustration, then have Ganvas Studio print it.
Ganbreeder lets you merge images and use AI to create something completely unique – and a little weird, too.
These portraits do not exist
Art Breeder is an oddity. A site that creates fake artwork with simple tweaks to settings to alter certain aspects. The results are strange, wonderful, and certainly unique.
These are examples of portraits that were created by this technology but would not exist otherwise.
These landscape paintings do not exist
Like the portraits, these painted scenes of colorful and beautiful landscapes do not actually exist, but were instead created using GANS and human interaction.
He’s not a Rembrandt
It may look like a painting by the master painter Rembrandt, but it was actually designed by technology.
400 years have passed since Rembrandt’s last painting, but art historians and technicians have managed to use a mixture of data and facial recognition technology to analyze 346 different Rembrandt paintings.
This data was then used to identify the typical geometric patterns used by the painter with emphasis on certain features of the human face. A 3D printer was then used to paint 13 coats of UV ink to create a realistic painting that would form The Next Rembrandt.
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This ship does not exist
Derek Philip Au, creator of This Vessel Does Not Exist explains the logic of this one well:
“The history of ceramics is that of limitation and reproduction.
The apprentice acquires mastery of the trade through repetition, gradually improving his technique. Guided by a life of working in the craft, the teacher examines each piece made by the student and discards those deemed inappropriate.
The forger creates replicas and tests them in the market. The connoisseur, informed by decades of experience in the field of antiques, judges the replicas. Those that are taken as genuine are sold, and the forger continues to create even more convincing copies. “
Here, GANs were used to create fake ships which are then generated, judged, and upgraded. The result is a seemingly endless collection of vases and vessels all created by artificial intelligence.
This beach does not exist
Like other things on this list, this beach does not exist but was instead created using a trained AI network. The StyleGAN2-ADA was powered by 20,000 images of beaches to allow it to create curious views of the beach. Often beautiful and idyllic beaches (free of people) that you will unfortunately never be able to visit.
This art does not exist
It seems AI is pretty good at creating works of art. Mostly abstract works of art that stump you when you look at them anyway.
Written by Adrian Willings. Originally published on .