Mauro Martino and Luca Stornaiuolo (MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab) have experimented with GANs to generate portraits of individuals. Basically you upload your own photo and the AI compares its features to the set of images from which it was trained from (faces of actors and actresses ) and then generates a new portrait.
It sounds like an interesting experiement, but already early on we note that this »faces of actors and actresses« dataset is going to be biased in one or the other way: towards race, towards gender or towards certain beauty features which are most common among actors/actresses.
The aim of this project however is not clear, even when the authors add some pseudo-critical comments to it:
The result is an image that examines the concept of identity, pushing the boundaries between the individual that recognizes herself/himself and the collection of faces from the society of spectacle that are sedimented in the neural network.Martino/Stornaiuolo
So, the question remains: what is won through this project?