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THE REAL DEAL WAS TOO VANILLA. Artificial intelligence is a powerful technology — it may hold the cure for cancer as readily as it holds the cure for peak-hour traffic jams. It has also proven itself a master at playing Go, an apprentice chef and even a fairly creative place namer. However, in questionable hands, AI can also be responsible for fake celebrity porn. Current Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, as well as Arya Stark’s Maisie Williams and Hermione Granger’s Emma Watson have all found their faces plastered on porn stars’ bodies using a face-swap algorithm. This particular software can, according to the creator, be used by anyone with a working knowledge of machine learning. Not only is that a scary prospect for anyone who has videos or pictures of themselves on the internet, it’s also an unnerving taster for the fake news of the future.