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. Nonetheless, the tech can be utilized freely in enjoyable purposes equivalent to Doublicat, which helps you to superimpose your face onto any GIF.
The app — out there on Android and iOS — fairly easy to make use of: click on a selfie, and choose a GIF to switch the unique face together with your face. You may take selfies with completely different appears 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 identify, and was beforehand utilized in a face swapping app known 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 fashionable face swap apps equivalent to Zao:
In many of the deepfakes, they use the strategy 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 might be unstable in facial expressions and turns.
Naturally, after seeing the data-leaking apps equivalent to FaceApp and Zao, I had reservations about utilizing my face knowledge in one other such app. The corporate stated the app deletes the photograph of an individual immediately after processing:
The app processes the images of individuals and deletes it immediately. 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. Nonetheless, deepfake-based movies have been within the heart of the controversy, and they’re additionally the first cause for corporations and international locations banning the usage of the expertise. The corporate must tread very fastidiously 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 line with reviews, social media bigwigs TikTok and Snapchat each wish to launch options that use the tech.