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Watch: AI Terrifyingly Forgetting The Human Face It Was Given
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Jun 2019
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Fair warning: this creepy experiment, where an AI is made to gradually forget its own face, might give you nightmares.
A grim video project titled What I saw before the darkness chronicles an AI who eventually sheds all memory of its human-like face.
The programmer behind the video, identified only as “the girl who talks to AI,” fed it a hyperrealistic face generated by millions of photos. The network is able to pinpoint individual features of faces—such as their eyes, skin color, and hair—through artificial neurons replicating those of the human brain.
Slowly, the creator shuts down each neuron until the AI “forgets” what it looks like, she tells VICE. Its pleasant facial features are eventually stripped away layer by layer, leaving nothing but a brown image at the end.
While the transition depicts an AI, the programmer details that the project is an exploration of “human perception,” in that people only digest their surroundings based on the “brain’s interpretation.” A person doesn’t see truth as it is “except for this constructed image,” she adds.
Visually, the creator likens What I saw before the darkness to Claude Monet’s paintings, which became blurrer, yellower and greener the older the artist became. The AI’s deterioration in memory also mirrors human’s aging bodies, where their brains and eyes gradually weaken without them noticing.
You can check out her equally dystopian AI-based projects via her portfolio, AI Told Me.
[via VICE, video via AI Told Me, cover image via Shutterstock]
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