Final yr, we noticed some horrific apps that use deepfake tech with malicious intent. Following that, Fb banned ‘deceptive’ deepfakes from its platform — besides parody. Nevertheless, the tech can be utilized freely in enjoyable functions reminiscent of Doublicat, which helps you to superimpose your face onto any GIF.
The app — obtainable on Android and iOS — fairly easy to make use of: click on a selfie, and choose a GIF to exchange the unique face along with your face. You possibly can take selfies with completely different seems to be and equipment to experiment.
The app makes use of RefaceAI — a Generative Adversarial Community (GAN) — to swap out your face in a GIF. It’s developed by an organization with the identical title, and was beforehand utilized in a face swapping app referred to as Reflect (as soon as utilized by Elon Musk).
The agency’s CEO says Doublicat doesn’t depend on the 3D mannequin of your face, utilized in common face swap apps reminiscent of Zao:
In a lot of the deepfakes, they use the method that we put to relaxation greater than a yr in the past. I’m speaking right here about 3D masks, face reconstruction and texture mixing. This resolution can work solely with beforehand collected and preprocessed content material. And may be unstable in facial expressions and turns.
Naturally, after seeing the data-leaking apps reminiscent of FaceApp and Zao, I had reservations about utilizing my face information in one other such app. The corporate stated the app deletes the photograph of an individual straight away after processing:
The app processes the images of individuals and deletes it straight away. We retailer solely face embeddings – vector representations of facial options – which we don’t share with anybody.
After taking part in round with GIFs, RefaceAI has now stated it’s planning to launch a face-swapping video app. Nevertheless, deepfake-based movies have been within the middle of the controversy, and they’re additionally the first cause for firms and nations banning the usage of the know-how. The corporate must tread very rigorously on what sort of movies it permits on the platform.
This could be one of many first apps to be launched this yr which makes use of deepfake tech to swap faces. In accordance with reviews, social media bigwigs TikTok and Snapchat each need to launch options that use the tech.