Social media platforms are in a constant battle to be at the forefront of technological advancements to ensure users keep flocking to their platform.
Facebook understandably have full teams dedicated to such advancements and their latest one is one of the most bizarre yet.
We’ve all been there, that mid-night group photo, the creation of a memoir between you and your mates, everyone looks great, you pan across to find yourself…Eyes closed.
It’s an all-too-familiar issue, but that could soon all be about to change thanks to Facebook’s slightly creepy new artificial intelligence.
The new system will use a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) – basically an AI that can fool itself into thinking its creations are real – allowing it to build eye-opening fakes.
Essentially, the GAN will learn to recognise faces and can churn out images that gradually get more realistic.
The final results were so convincing, that most people couldn’t spot the fake eyes-opened photos from the real ones – or said they weren’t sure which was which – more than half the time.
It wasn’t all plain-sailing for Facebook though, there were a number of stumbling blocks, namely their machine’s inability to grasp how our eyes actually work and the colour of the skin around them.
Despite that, with a few little tweaks, Facebook were able to patch the issues and the feature is said to be much more streamlined.
Is it a little bit creepy? Probably. Will it be helpful? Possibly.