You might remember the sensation caused by Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video when it was released in 1991. How did they come up with those face-shifting effects?
The people behind the morphing faces was Pacific Data Images, a computer into the then-new art of computer animation. The amount of CPU and GPU power that went into creating these effects was insane for the time. In 1995, the company also worked with The Simpsons on Treehouse of Horror IV for this sequence. We’re talking millions of dollars in production.
Here’s how far we’ve come. Steven Wilson has created this interesting deep fake video for his song “SELF” using readily available AI technology. He probably did it on a laptop.