After FaceApp, Zao app has raised the issue of privacy violation again
In case you haven’t heard, #ZAO is a Chinese app which completely blew up since Friday. Best application of ‘Deepfake’-style AI facial replacement I’ve ever seen.
Here’s an example of me as DiCaprio (generated in under 8 secs from that one photo in the thumbnail) ???? pic.twitter.com/1RpnJJ3wgT
— Allan Xia (@AllanXia) September 1, 2019
A Twitter user Allan Xia posted a video of what the app is capable of doing in its full potential. In the video, a user swaps his face with Leonardo DiCaprio’s in various scenes from his many films. According to Xia, it took under 8 seconds for the app to render all the clips from just a single photograph. But to enhance the results, Bloomberg reports, the app takes the users through steps that ask them to open and close mouth and eyes to measure facial contours to give more realistic results. For now, there are only a handful of clips that can be used – not every video can be face-swapped. These clips have been treated with deepfake AI algorithm to insert users’ face on top of that of actors.
Deepfake AI is essentially an algorithmic human-image synthesis technology, powered by Artificial Intelligence, that can be used to alter (or create) recorded events in videos from the past to something that never happened. For example, the movie clips used in the Zao app feature actors who played the character but their faces can now be overlapped with what user has fed the app with, resulting into video clips that never occurred in the past. The term was made popular after a Reddit user who, in 2017, employed deep learning methods into editing faces of celebrities in a number of videos.