This person does not exist! Every time you refresh the website at two-second intervals, you conjure up a new synthetic face. Most portraits look uncannily real. The website uses code released by GPU inventor NVIDIA using data from generative adversarial networks (GANs) and style transfer to blend images.
Software engineer Philip Wang created the thispersondoesnotexist website. To find out about Wang’s method and motives, look at his Facebook post.
Also, if you’re interested in relevant background information, the idea was sparked by a paper by NVIDIA researchers (Karras et al.).
These researchers have also published a fascinating summary on YouTube.
Recent articles in The Verge, Motherboard and Bored Panda also make interesting reads – especially as they touch on the Brave New World aspects of generating fictitious faces. But we Deep Dreamers don’t have any manipulative intent when we use copyright-free imaginary portraits for our dreams.
Mark Wacholtz has compiled an album of AI portraits to which you may add your favorite AI people.
Finally, have fun dreaming with fake portraits!