A deep fake is a type of synthetic media that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to manipulate or generate visual and audio content that appears to be real but is actually fabricated. Deep fakes are considered scary because they have the potential to deceive people and spread misinformation, posing a significant threat to privacy, security, and trust in the authenticity of media. “Harry Potter by Balenciaga” is a hilarious deepfake with horrifying implications. So while we’re all laughing at model Hagrid saying “You are Balenciaga, Harry”, let’s remember just how convincing deep fakes may be in the very near future.
What happens when you mix the aesthetics of the early 90s and an episode of Black Mirror? Power Sight 64. The virtual reality we have today doesn’t hold a candle to the capabilities of the VR of Power Sight 64. Complete with sentient and assistive AI and the ability to feel pain during video game fights, the marketing for this headset is top notch. The ad states that “you may never want to leave”, but we’re thinking it may not give you the choice to leave.
Reddit user u/BowlFullOfDeli_Bird used image generating AI to create a surreal set of five images of aliens trespassing in a home. People are terrified of alien abductions because the idea of being taken against their will by unknown beings and subjected to invasive medical procedures is a deeply unsettling and traumatic experience. Thankfully, artificial intelligence can lend its artistic talents in deepening this collective fear, serving us hyper-realistic depictions of our little green friends coming over during the night completely uninvited.
There are brilliant authors writing some of the most provocative stories about rogue AI, but we’re guessing no one has written about the dangers of AI getting their hands on beer production and Smash Mouth’s “All Star”. A truly hypnotic take on all American summer fun, “Synthetic Summer” offers us yet another refreshing take on how humans ingest things through the eyes of artificial intelligence. If you’re interested in new methods of drinking beer, unsettling eyes, and hearing repeating lines from “All Star”, this video is for you.
“The Carnival Act That Inspired Garfield” is a fictional account of how Jim Davis got the idea for his beloved feline character, Garfield. According to the AI, Rutherford the Telepathic cat was a carnival act in the early 20th century who toured the United States with his owner, Ron Barnuckle. Unfortunately, “The carnival act would fall out of favor when a commission was appointed by the Taft administration to investigate the supposed telepathic powers and intelligence of the Cat. It was discovered that Barnuckle had conned audiences through use of robotics and children sitting on each other’s shoulders in a cat suit.”
Terrifying, pointy toothed mouth? Check. Too many legs? Check. Hairy, spider like body? Check. Subreddit r/aiArt is a treasure trove of horrifying and beautiful AI generated content. User u/therealpicard posted a set of twenty photos under the title “Horror Images: Human infected with spider-like alien virus transforming them into a human/alien hybrid”. We think that description is completely accurate, and we’re not in a rush to come across any human/spider alien hybrids anytime soon. Or really ever.
Animal Crossing is a popular video game franchise developed by Nintendo that has gained a reputation for being wholesome and relaxing. In the game, players take on the role of a resident in a village populated by anthropomorphic animals, where they can engage in various activities such as fishing, bug-catching, decorating their homes, and socializing with the villagers. All in all, this is a beloved and sweet game appropriate for all ages. However, in “The Cult That Inspired Animal Crossing”, artificial intelligence creates a backstory of how Animal Crossing sprung from a terrifying doomsday cult in Japan in the 1960s.
I Asked an AI to Show Me Hell (And It Terrified Me)
YouTuber Qxir prompted image generating artificial intelligence to create several different hell scapes. Photographs of hell, demons in hell, computer hell, and claymation hell are just a few examples of his creative prompting. What generated is genuinely terrifying. Qxir was quick to point out an observation this particular AI seemed to be attached to. Qxir said, “If there’s one thing AI seems to think about hell, it’s that there are a lot of people there”.
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984. Known for their unique fusion of heavy metal and alternative rock, the band was one of the pioneers of the grunge movement and achieved significant commercial success in the 1990s. They probably didn’t realize that over two decades later, their music would be blended with creepy AI imagery. YouTuber Hanrui Huang used generative AI Midjourney to create this compilation video. They prompted images, going line by line to the lyrics of the song, to accompany the music. The result is a haunting music video you likely won’t forget anytime soon.
YouTube channel AI Lost Media has created an extensive catalog of AI generated videos on their channel. In the description for their “Burger Blast Ad 1995” video, they’ve written, “Recently declassified television ad from the Department of Lost Media for “Burger Blast”, filed along with the VHS for “Pizza Nuggets”, the 2 seem to share a link…”. It would appear this YouTuber is building an entire world of disconcerting lore with interconnected videos. Along with a catchy, burger-themed jingle, this fake ad will leave you with a craving for red meat and a fear of mascots.
StyleGAN2 – Mapping Music to Facial Expressions in Real Time
This video definitely sits firmly in “uncanny valley” territory. This project by Mario Klingemann is very unique. It integrates music by Kraftamt and generated images of facial expressions. In “StyleGAN2 – mapping music to facial expressions in real time”, we are able to see the generated overlays of multiple human expressions all compiled into one face. It’s scary, hilarious, and almost heartwarming to see so many wide, grinning faces.
Stills from a Fake Cronenberg Film, Galaxy of Flesh
David Cronenberg is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his provocative and controversial films that explore the relationship between the human body, technology, and psychology, often blurring the line between reality and hallucination. Los Angeles director, Keith Schofield, posted stills from a completely fake 1985 David Cronenberg body horror film, Galaxy of Flesh. These stills are very Cronenberg, and it seems the AI was faithful to the seasoned directors uncomfortable style.
YouTube creator, Alex Howard, uses AI to create “A fever dream sitcom where Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a great day eating spaghetti together.” In true hard to understand AI fashion, the spaghetti has a mind of its own, Trump clones himself, and by the end, both Biden and Trump turn into spaghetti. This is a fun alternate universe where the only real issues are: do you or do you not support parmesan on spaghetti?
“Mr. Puzzles Wants You to be Less Alive” is a short AI generated horror story created by Keaton Patti, who forced bots to watch over 400,000 hours of horror movies. The story follows a man who receives a mysterious package from a company called Mr. Puzzles, which contains a jigsaw puzzle with a disturbing message. As the man attempts to solve the puzzle, he begins to experience strange and terrifying hallucinations, which lead him to question his own sanity and the true intentions of Mr. Puzzles. The story is a chilling exploration of the themes of obsession, identity, and the dangers of pursuing knowledge and enlightenment at any cost.