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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.

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