A CHILLING artificial intelligence (AI) has offered a glimpse of what the “Face of God” could look like in a string of creepy images.
Responding to prompts such as “Face of God”, “God’s Face” and “God” – the AI programme revealed a series of strange, unearthly images.
Pictures show a mixture of people – the vast majority of them appearing to be women – created from the mind of the machine.
Are any of these what you would see if you really do have to go towards the light and meet our maker when we die?
One of the most striking images shows the wizened face of an elderly man seemingly emerging from a mountainside.
His head is topped with a mixture of trees and horn-like growths as he stars out from the mountain range.
It is one of many produced using the system NightCafe Creator – one of new generation of computer tools used to create art.
It was offered the “Face of God” prompt on both the portrait and landscape setting – creating a unsettling mix of images.
The faces appear to look human – but have a distinctly unearthly and ethereal quality.
Most appear feminine or androgynous – even as many religions refer to their god as “he”, “him” or “father”.
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The gender of god is often debated among religious scholars – and many faiths have female gods, such as Bhumi in Hinduism.
And one particularly striking image shows what appears to be a disembodied female face adorned with all manner of crown-like growths.
She stares out from the centre of the image at the viewer with an orange glow on her cheek that could perhaps be a golden tear.
Another more unearthly picture shows a bald head crested with a mechanical beard seemingly emerging from a mountainside.
It looks out over the desolate landscape – perhaps pondering its creation.
Other striking pictures show a beautiful woman with a crown that could be made out of trash.
She has a heavily glow and around her and sits with her eyes closed.
And one shows another feminine face with her eyes close as what appears to be a halo rises over her head.
While another image appears show a person with a stern expression as they wear a wimple or bonnet.
Pictures of faces created by the AI appear to be a mix of angelic and ethereal.
The landscape options meanwhile are dark and foreboding with craggy mountainsides lit by fire while some appear to have temple-like structures upon them.
Could any of these really be the Face of God?
The AI system of course just responds to the limited prompts given to it rather than having any deep reverent knowledge.
AI system NightCafe Creator was used to produce the images – and its one of many new tools showing the boundaries of computer tech.
It works by simply offering a few words as a prompt before the system then produces a piece of “art”.
The system was invented by Angus Russell and takes its name from the famous Vincent Van Gogh painting the “The Night Cafe”.
It uses machine learning and a neural network to put together pictures based on the prompts offered to it by humans.
AI generated art has caused controversy as some systems are allowing users to actually sell their pieces.
NightCafe does not offer this function.
The first piece of AI art was sold in US was titled Portrait of Edmond Belamy – going for well over the asking price at $432,000 back in 2018.
It comes after a hyper-realistic sculpture was created out of latex, silicon and real human hair to represent Jesus Christ.
The creation was based on the famous Shroud of Turin – which some believe shows the real face of the Biblical figure Jesus.
In 2015, scientists stunned the world with a drawing of what Jesus could actually have looked like, based on what is known about his life.
Traditionally, Jesus is depicted as having long hair, blue eyes and white skin, despite being born in the Middle Eastern Judea region.
But a British scientist believes he has come up with a far more accurate representation of what the Christian icon actually may have looked like, based on forensic anthropology.
Richard Neave, a retired medical artist from the University of Manchester, first released the image in 2015 – but the depiction has recently returned to prominence online.
Contrary to popular Western representations, they argue that God’s son could have had dark eyes and the short, curly hair appropriate for men at the time.
Given Jesus worked outdoors as a carpenter until he was about 30, Neave and his team reckon he was more muscular and fit than Western portraits suggests, with a weather-beaten face which made him appear older.
Neave stressed that his recreation of Jesus is simply that of an adult man who lived in the same place and at the same time.