AN INTRIGUING series of images reimagines what former world leaders might look like if they were modern-day politicians.
US presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, as well as Sir Winston Churchill, are among the famous faces given a digital makeover.
Crafted using and photo-editing tools, the snaps were crafted earlier this year but resurfaced on forum site Reddit last week.
The modern likeness of Washington was put together by Dorset-based musician George Aquilla Hardy, 23, according to the New York Times.
He said he embarked on the project because he had nowhere to be and was sick of “looking at the same four walls".
Using Photoshop, Hardy combined photos of Representative Roger Williams of Texas with pics of Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.
Apparently, the latter two celebs had been listed as Washington lookalikes in an article on celebrities that look like historical figures.
According to the artist, he used “lots of source images of people with the correct features.”
He added: “He’s a blend of those people really, in reference to paintings of him.”
It took Hardy about three hours to complete the work. It inspired a wave of other presidential lookalikes from netizens across the world.
Many of these were created using face swap software. The apps transferred faces from old paintings or photos onto photos of modern politicians.
Using this technique, users on Reddit have churned out likenesses of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Churchill and Lincoln.
The images have since been shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media.
One app popular among internet dwellers is FaceApp.
Developed in St Petersburg, Russia, it has been making waves on social media with its functions that allow users to see what they'd look like older, younger, with a different hair colour or gender.
The app can also turn blank or grumpy expressions into smiling ones. And it can tweak make-up styles.
This is done with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). An algorithm takes the input picture of your face and adjusts it based on other imagery.
This makes it possible to insert a toothy smile, for instance, while adjusting lines around the mouth, chin and cheeks for a natural look.
In other news, Google Chrome users are being warned to delete the browser amid fears highly sensitive data is being harvested.
Facebook has announced that it's changing its name to "Meta".
The company is working to create lifelike avatars of its users that they can control in a virtual world called the "metaverse".
And, Apple's system that exposes creepy iPhone apps that track your location or snoop on your browsing history has finally arrived.
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