There are men and women on Instagram right now that aren't even real. These "people" look so realistic that you might not have even realized that they are actually computer-generated images.
Robots, CGI, artificial intelligence, in 2018 it's all a part of our everyday lives. When we go to the movies nowadays, it takes some pretty incredible special effects to impress us considering what we have already seen. Plus in some cases, we may not even realize that what we're looking at is CGI at all. Well, that extends beyond the movie theater and the silver screen.
You may have been tricked into thinking a person is real when scrolling through your Instagram feed. Take a look at the photo below and meet Shudu, the world's first digital supermodel. Shudu is one of many CGI "humans" on social media who have been masterfully created and look incredibly realistic. You can even see her pores and she has slight imperfections like a real person.
Shudu was created by a man named Cameron-James Wilson. While his supermodel creation is supposed to be South African, Wilson is a Caucasian man from the UK. When he revealed himself to be Shudu's creator earlier this year, Wilson received quite a bit of criticism. As reported by Cosmopolitan, some believed his efforts were taking away work from real models of color, while others even suggested it was a way for him to work with black women without actually having to work with them.
Wilson admitted to Cosmopolitan that he made mistakes in the beginning, using politically charged hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter in order to gain a following for Shudu. He no longer does that and believes quite the contrary to the accusation that Shudu and other CGI models will take work away from real-life men and women. Wilson's vision is that models will soon be able to be in multiple places at the same time.
"The famous quote is, 'I wouldn't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.' What if you didn't even have to get out of bed at all?" is the question Wilson posed to Cosmopolitan. A model could get a full body scan so that a CGI version of him or herself can be created and they can perform in any modeling gig on their behalf. An interesting theory, and perhaps one we could see put into practice relatively soon.