Uber software engineer Phillip Wang created ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com which rotates through AI-generated photos of fictitious people. Created using a method called, “Generative Adversarial Networks” or GANs, this one is from Nvidia called StyleGAN (GitHub) who over the past few years have really been pushing the envelope of what GANs can do. The quality is astoundingly sharp.
The implications of this technology are far-reaching, from creating completely unique characters for video games to reinventing how Hollywood visual effects are done. Crowds can be automagically generated for example without the need for “Extras”.
Or imagine your own virtual agent personified in a way that is as unique and individual as a real person, yet doesn’t actually exist. Feed the system with “signals” from your social graphs, and the generated agent feels familiar and appealing to you.
Move over Clippy, we’re getting ever closer to Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie, “Her“. Now apply that to Fortnite. How much would you be willing to pay for a character that looks just enough like you, but different. Welcome to the Oasis.