A Faceswap Bot Will Take Your Mashup Ideas And Turn Them Into Nightmares

When I was a child I was thoroughly convinced that, by 2010 at the very latest, we would be soaring through the skies in hovercars and living in domed underwater cities, but it turns out all of the super crazy technological advancements we got were for mundane things like making our TVs higher definition or making it so your fridge can connect to the internet for some reason.

One thing, though, that the future has seen fit to grant us, is extremely advanced internet bullshit. From what I can tell, in the last couple of years all of humanity’s resources have been focused on Snapchat filter / face swap technology in some sort of arms race to see who can most convincingly make it look like you have dog ears – and, finally, it’s paying off.
Project Murphy is a bot by Microsoft that will parse your “What if…” questions and attempt to turn them into hilarious nightmare images. It works on Skype, Facebook Messenger and Telegram, and the results are, well, weird as shit.
Sometimes it really pulls through, for instance when I asked it “What if Malcolm Turnbull was Darth Maul?“, I got gold:
Sometimes it totally gets what you’re going for but fucks up the execution a little – for instance, what if Trump was Shrek:
Perhaps you wanted to see what it would look like if Werner Herzog was a Powerpuff Girl? Think again:
Let’s get a close up on old mate Werner here:
Wow, truly amazing what we can do with technology these days.
In Microsoft’s own words:
“Murphy is an experiment running on Azure that is powered by the intelligence of Microsoft Cognitive Services, including the knowledge of Bing. You can chat with Murphy using Skype and ask it hypothetical “what if …” questions like “what if I were superman?” 

“Murphy will try to respond with an image that visualizes an answer to your question. Murphy is brand new and still learning so it sometimes doesn’t have an answer right away, but the more people interact with it, the more creative it will become, gradually improving the results.”
You can check out Project Murphy right here and spend at least ten minutes making funny pictures / trying to figure out how to break it.
Source and photo: Project Murphy.