I’m using AI to face-swap Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, and I’m really bad at it

I spent last night staring into a hypnotic grid of fuzzy Travis Kalanicks, as reconstructed by an AI.

For the last couple of days, I’ve been experimenting with FakeApp, a program that uses Google’s TensorFlow machine learning to morph faces in videos. The app is mostly associated with pornographic “deepfakes,” where celebrities’ faces are pasted onto a porn actor’s body. (That’s been widely deemed nonconsensual pornography and banned everywhere from Pornhub to Reddit, which is one of the sternest rebukes something can get on the internet.) But watching safe-for-work deepfakes, like videos of Nic Cage starring in every movie, is innocently silly fun. Making them turns out to be surprisingly fun too, even if so far, I’ve basically failed…

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