AI Is About To Make Halloween Truly Terrifying

People have long feared what super-intelligent machines could mean for society. But can AI also scare us in a more immediate sense, evoking the kind of terror one might feel watching a horror movie? That’s the question three current and former MIT Media Lab scientists set out to answer—just in time for Halloween. They created Nightmare Machine, a website displaying images of people and places that a machine-learning algorithm has completely zombified. The project suggests a truly frightening future of Halloween, one in which artificial intelligence taps into your individual fears—and exploits them. A “Hot Or Not” Nightmare Machine Using 200,000 images of celebrities, the team generated a data set of fake faces. Then, they borrowed a framework that can learn the artistic style of a given image—in this case,…


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