Orwell's Memory Hole Looms Larger Thanks To Nvidia

It's been there ever since George Orwell described it; the rewriting of history by means of sophisticated alteration of text and photographs, with the truth going down the memory hole:

As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of ‘The Times’ had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.
(Read more about Rewriting history from 1984)

Now, thanks to computer graphics giant Nvidia, unsupervised learning methods for computers allows sweeping changes to video content. Winter becomes summer; cats become lions (or vice versa).


(Winter becomes summer)

They considered the problem similar to teaching a machine to colorizing a photo, according to the researchers’ white paper:

"For example, super-resolution can be considered as a problem of mapping a low-resolution image to a corresponding high-resolution image; colorization can be considered as a problem of mapping a gray-scale image to a corresponding color image."

Today the machines are mapping sunny days to rainy ones and creating the equivalent of a “snow plow” filter for videos. It’s a little unnerving to imagine what these things will be capable of in a decade.

Computers around the world are being trained in the art of deception. Nvidia’s recent work in the field of artificial intelligence shows the leaps and bounds by which AI has attained a clear ability to imitate reality to a startling degree.


(Cats become lions, and vice versa)

Via NextWeb.

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