YouTuber Uses Artificial Intelligence to Create Fake Girlfriend to Fool Family And It's Ingenious
Artificial Intelligence has fooled the world into differentiating what's real and unreal. It has blurred the lines between imagination and reality and reached the extent that people are now even faking "relationships" using AI. Well, at least a YouTuber has found an ingenious way to keep "relationship questions" at bay.
Unmesh Dinda is a YouTuber whose channel is called PiXimperfect. He demonstrated the power of Artificial Intelligence in a recent tutorial. Dinda used an AI-powered photo editing app to create a girlfriend for himself, who wasn't real [of course]. But it was nearly impossible to differentiate.
The talented YouTuber showed a picture where he was taking a selfie alongside a smiling woman. The AI-generated woman had placed her hand on his shoulder, as a happy couple does. But before anyone could say, "Aww, great looking couple," the bubble burst. She was a work of Artificial Intelligence.
Dinda began the video by saying, "If your relatives are more concerned about you getting married than you are, you need to send them a photo like this that will keep them wondering for a while." Sigh, it's a universal problem for every single out there. But how did he do it, and what inspired him to create a photo like this?
The YouTuber told My Modern Met, "The initial inspiration [of this project] was an email from Dall-E that said it could now accept realistic human faces to be edited." His creative streak intrigued him, and he wondered about the "infinite possibilities" this feature would provide.
He added, "Imagine removing people, adding people, or even generating non-existent people automatically with a click. That, too, with all the lights and colors matched, which would usually take years of skills and hours worth of time if someone were to do it manually with Photoshop." How cool is it?
The app is called Dall-E, and in the eight-minute-long video, Dinda taught his audience how to create a convincing couple selfie using the tools in the app and otherwise. The Dall-E is just one tool; the other he used is called GFPGAN. This tool fixes glitches in the generated faces and makes them appear even more realistic.
No wonder he successfully fooled people with his "fake" girlfriend. Whoever Dinda sent the photograph to believed he found a girl as he himself explained, "In response, people were shocked as they were expecting a wedding announcement." LOL.
He continued explaining how skillfully AI decided his friends and family alike. "And we pranked many friends and relatives. The initial video title was 'So there's some news.' We later changed it to 'This girl does not exist…' to make it more general. One friend was even on the verge of booking a flight to attend my wedding." Hahaha!
His YouTube audience was also in awe of his "Couple selfies." A YouTube user, @Jeppe Frolund, wrote, "You are very skilled and charming while teaching us everything from the most basic 1-2 minute editing options to the complicated fully immersive full image edits. Thank you. Your enthusiasm is contagious."
A subscriber got fooled too. @David S commented, "I popped in ready to congratulate you on getting engaged man, haha. I'm also a designer and have been experimenting with Dall-E, and it's amazing what it can do."