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AI can create fake celebrity photos so real it's scary

Graphics chip maker Nvidia uses neural networks to draw photo-realistic images.

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These aren't real people!

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Can you believe what you see? Thanks to Nvidia, that may no longer be the case. 

The graphics chip maker published a study last week on its use of "generative adversarial networks," or a kind of artificial intelligence that employs two neural networks, to create photo-realistic images of fake celebrities. See those photos above? Those aren't real people. 

The process begins with a low-resolution image, and the two neural networks work to lay out more high-definition features until you get to those finished results. The company used the CelebA database of stock celebrity images to create different mash-ups. 

AI is one of the hottest trends in the tech world, with companies like Google, Apple and Amazon using artificial intelligence to let your phone recognize real-world objects, help you better run your smart home or find that right photo in your camera roll.