This person does not exist – a random gallery of computer-generated faces, created with machine-learning algorithms called GANs. The technology to create these is very impressive, considering how realistic a lot of these look — and at the same kind of scary.
Of course scammers and other internet lowlifes have been using stolen or stock-image faces for a long time to add authenticity to fake social media profiles, this basically means that now they can just create random faces that will be very convincing, at least in most cases.
There are, at least for now, various ways to recognize fake AI-generated images by subtle hints, but the algorithms can only get better at this over time. Maybe recognizing these faces will be a necessary skill to have in times to come?
Related: Which face is real?
Breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope, posted as a daily advent calendar through December.
The Bubble Nebula.
The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is an emission nebula located 8,000 light years away in the Cassiopeia constellation. The bubble is created by stellar wind pushing out from a massive hot central star, visible here just left of the center of the image, a purple star partly obscured by blue gas clouds. The nebula is seven light years across—about one-and-a-half times the distance from our sun to its nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri. This stunning image was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its 26th year in space.
Source: 2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – The Atlantic
A sunset on Mars, taken by the Curiosity Rover. Sublimely beautiful.
The sun dips to a Martian horizon in a blue-tinged sky in images sent home to Earth this week from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
Source: JPL | News | NASA’s Curiosity Rover Views Serene Sundown on Mars
The Flying Mobulas of the Sea of Cortez – amazing photos of mobula ‘devil’-rays leaping out of the water and a very good article by photographer Michael Albert.
Once in a while a piece of software comes along and just blows my mind – lately it’s been NASA’s World Wind software which has captured my imagination. This amazing software uses NASA Landsat 7 satellite images to let you zoom in to almost any place on the globe and view the surrounding area in 3D. It also allows you to play around with lots of scientific information for visualization of weather systems or temperature data.
NASA World Wind
The very best thing about this is that it’s totally free of charge to download and use. Be warned though – the data it needs will require several gigabytes of diskspace and you’ll need a decent internet connection (512kbps+)(or a lot of patience) to be able to download all the data for the high-resolution images. But it’s still worth it to be able to explore countless places around the globe from the comfort of your home!
Well, she might not blow just yet, but over the last weeks scientist have been watching the Mount St. Helens volcano in the US state Washington for signs of a possible violent eruption, which might happen in a a couple of days or weeks.
In the meantime, there’s the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam at Johnston Ridge a few kilometers away, which offers an excellent view of the action at the volcano:
Photographing Africa’s “Flying Sharks – a great story from National Geographic, with pictures of giant sharks rocketing into the air during seal hunting. These fascinating and often misunderstood predators never stop to amaze in the ways they’ve adapted to survival in the oceans…