Deepfake technology has become increasingly creepy in recent years. In February MyHeritage has introduced its latest deepfake technology that animates old photos of people to make them look like they are still alive. Not to mention deepfake videos some famous people, like Tom Cruise, are circulating the internet.
Now, a 50-year-old Japanese biker has revealed in a TV show in Japan that he also uses photo editing applications that use deepfake technology to fake his photos and make him look like a young woman.
The 50-year-old Japanese young man is a popular Twitter motorcycle enthusiast @azusagakuyuki Screenshot from YouTube / Epic News
It turned out that the young female biker was in her fifties
The story of deep technology went viral over the weekend when a popular Twitter user in Japan with a username @azusagakuyuki has revealed his true identity. Followers know him as a young biker. But in reality, he is in his fifties.
His name is Zonggu, a passionate biker, and he dedicated his channel to show anything about motorcycles. According to IFL Science, Zonggu admitted on the TV show Getsuyou Kara Yofukashi (Monday late) that people didn’t watch its content when it wasn’t using deepfake technology.
“No one will read what a normal middle-aged man, taking care of his motorcycle and taking pictures outside, publishes on his account,” he said.
He then decided to experiment with photo editing apps to change his photos by making him look like a young female person.
There are many face change apps available online, such as FaceApp, Reface and more. Applications use impressive AI technology which makes it almost impossible to recognize the finished product from the actual image.
After using deepfake technology, Zonggu noticed an increase in the number of followers and likes on his videos. Eventually, Zonggu told BBC News that he got carried away with the app as he tried to make the photo more likable.
He wanted to increase his presence on social media and believed that people would prefer a young female biker to a middle-aged man.
But despite this revelation, the show received mostly positive reviews from his over 25,000 followers, and some even said they became a fan when they knew about him on a Japanese TV show.
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Deepfake technology in face change applications
Deepfake videos and photos use AI technology known as deep learning. Creates fake images and videos that make you look real. Today, there are several online photo editing apps that raise concerns about the privacy of their users.
Some examples of these applications are Zao, Doublicat, FaceApp, Morphin, Jiggy, Celebrity Face Morph. Empress, Face Swap Live, Deep Art Effects and Collage. Click Face Switch.
According to a previous report in the Science Times, Danielle Citron, a law professor at Coston University, said that advances in Deepfake technology are currently focused on women. According to Deeptrace, 96% of over 15,000 deepfake videos online in 2019 were pornographic.
AI companies are now using advanced technologies that will help identify deepfake from the real thing, although perfecting it could take time.
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