Zao, a free deep swap face swapping app that can place your resemblance in scenes from hundreds of movies and TV shows after uploading just a single photograph, has gone viral in China. Bloomberg reports that the app was released on Friday, and quickly reached the top of free charts on the Chinese iOS App Store. And like FaceApp's aging app before it, the creators of Zao are now facing a setback over an perceived threat to users' privacy.
Twitter user Allan Xia posted a nice demonstration of what the app is capable of yesterday with a 30 second clip of the face that replaced Leonardo Dicaprio in famous moments from several of his films. According to Xia, the clips were generated in under eight seconds from just a single photograph. Bloomberg notes, however, that the app can also guide you through the process of taking a series of photographs ̵
In case you haven't heard, #ZAO is a Chinese app that has been bursting since Friday. Best use of & # 39; Deepfake & # 39; AI facial replacement I have ever seen.
Here's an example of me as DiCaprio (generated in less than 8 seconds from one image in the thumbnail) pic.twitter.com/1RpnJJ3wgT
– Allan Xia (@AllanXia) September 1 2019
According to Xia, the app offers only a limited number of clips for you to put your face in. The app's developer has probably trained its algorithms on each of these clips to easily map the user's face to them, as Xia speculates. The app cannot map your face to any video clip you select.
The technology is similar to what we have recently seen from researchers at London's Imperial College, who demonstrated technology that can turn a single image into a singing portrait. . The difference here is that Zao inserts your resemblance to an existing video, rather than animate an image of you directly. Nonetheless, it demonstrates how fast the underlying technology has evolved: what once required hundreds of images to create a pretty compelling deepfake video now requires only a single image with better results.
Protesters in Hong Kong are working for is to cover the face with fear that police are using face detection technology to identify and arrest targets. People are becoming increasingly aware of how important their facial image data is, and are rightly concerned about companies that do not provide adequate security to protect them.
Every time a service is offered for free, a company inevitably earns from your data. Sometimes it's for better ad targeting, other times it's to train their AI for better face recognition. You often don't know.