If you can't tell, we're living in the Matrix. Artificial intelligence is starting to blur the lines of reality. For example, how do you know a physical person wrote this article and not a digital program? These are just words on a screen. Did they come from a human mind, or an artificial one? Whatever you think doesn't matter, because words on a screen are simple to manipulate, but now video is too.

Pornography is not a new phenomenon in this country. It's arguably a staple of American culture since sex permeates just about every entertainment medium out there. Sex sells. Soft porn is what you can see on regular cable, and the hardcore stuff is accessible if that's your thing. What you may not be aware of, is how artificial intelligence can make pornography weird as a fuck.

There's a video of a woman that looks like Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother on the Internet. It's not Gadot. It's not her body nor her face, but an approximation. The video was created by a machine learning algorithm using open-source code that anyone with a thorough understanding of learning algorithms could create.

The video was made by a Redditor named "deepfakes" who uses open-source machine learning programs like TensorFlow. Google makes such tools available to anyone interested in machine learning.

Like the Adobe tool, which can make a person say anything, and the Face2Face algorithm which can swap a recorded video with real-time face tracking, AI altered porn can literally create videos of people doing and saying things that didn't happen. The Internet is already a hotbed for conspiracy theories and biased information, but technology like this will only exacerbate the issue.

Deepfakes told Motherboard the software used is based on numerous open-source libraries, like Keras with TensorFlow backend. To compose famous faces, deepfakes said he used YouTube videos, Google image search, and stock photos. Deep learning utilizes networks of interconnected nodes that autonomously analyze data.

For the fake Gal Gadot video, deepfakes trained the algorithm with Gadot's face and porn videos. After enough repetition, the nodes will arrange themselves to manipulate video in real time. This is similar to an algorithm developed by Nvidia researchers that can instantly turn a video of a summer scene into a winter setting.

The scary thing about this technology is that all someone would need to make videos using machine learning is enough images of someone's face. Thanks to social media and smartphones, pictures of people are abundantly available online for free.

If you ever find yourself watching a video of yourself doing something that you yourself do not remember, you can rest assured that you probably weren't under the influence and suffered a blackout. Computers can put you in a video doing random shit you never did in 2018. Maybe Donald Trump knew something the rest of the world didn't when he was screaming "Fake News" at the top of his lungs.

In the digital age, you can't believe anything you see or hear because it might just be a simulated algorithm trying to mindfuck you into believing something happened that really didn't, in the daytime when it really happened at night. So I'll pose the same question Morpheus asked Neo: Do you want the red pill or the blue pill?

Via Motherboard