What are some weird stock photos

Stock Photo company publishes 100,000 AI faces

Stock photos with people have one disadvantage: They just show real people. Their rights must be clarified so that there are no problems with the advertising photos later. The Icons8 company had an idea: Why not just create the faces with an algorithm? After all, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has reached the point today that it can deliver convincing results. At the start, Icons8 published 100,000 AI portraits - 100,000 people who really don't exist. Problems with copyrights are therefore not to be feared.

Strange spots, strange eyes

However, some pictures look very strange and can easily be identified as fakes. A gray hole doesn't belong in the forehead and sometimes the eyes look in different directions. Other portraits, on the other hand, are deceptively real, astounding and frightening at the same time. The 100,000 images are all "Royalty Free", which means that anyone can simply use them. The photos are intended for landing pages, brochures, product pages, presentations, newsletters or profile photos. Only a link or a reference to the generated.photos website is required. The faces can be found on Google Drive, the selection is very diverse. The portraits cover many ages, shapes, and ethnicities.

StyleGAN creates realistic faces

The makers of the AI ​​faces have put together their own data set for machine learning and used the AI ​​algorithm StyleGAN from Nvidia to create faces that are as realistic as possible. The data set is based on more than 29,000 photos of 69 different models that were taken over the past two years.

Icons8 only used its own material, so no stock photos from third parties. "We took the photos under the same lighting conditions to ensure that each face had consistently high output quality," explains Tyler Lastovich in a blog post. The team then tagged the photos and sorted them into categories. The AI ​​would produce some strange results, but they were "pretty fascinating". The aim is to keep improving the results.

API in development

The 100,000 pictures are not a "unique novelty", not a pure advertising gimmick. The team has more plans and is currently developing a tool and programming interface (API). At some point it should make it easier to use fake portraits and offer many setting options. A user can then specifically determine the appearance of the faces, for example: "young", "female", "European". But things are not yet perfect. (dbe)

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