Deepfake technology has become increasingly popular over the years. In February MyHeritage has unveiled their latest in-depth technology that animates old photos of people to make them look as if they’re still alive. Not to mention the deepfake videos of some celebrities, like Tom Cruise, have been circulating on the internet.
Now, a 50-year-old Japanese cyclist has revealed in a Japanese television show that he is also using photo editing apps that use deepfake technology to deceive his photos and make him look like a young woman.
50-year-old Japanese man is young woman Popular Twitter Motorcycle Enthusiast @azusagakuyuki Screenshot from YouTube / Epic News
Young Female Biker turns out to be a 50-year-old man
The deepfake technology story has gone viral over the weekend when a popular Twitter user in Japan used the username @azusagakuyuki has revealed its true identity. His fans know him as a young female cyclist. But in reality, he is a 50-year-old man.
His name is Zonggu, an advanced bicycle and he dedicates his channel to showcasing anything about motorcycles. According to IFL Science, Zonggu admitted on the TV show Getsuyou Kara Yofukashi (Show late Monday) that people did not view his content when he was not using the deepfake technology.
“No one reads what a typical middle-aged man is, paying attention to his motorcycle and taking pictures outside, posts on his account,” he said.
It was then that he decided to experiment with photo editing apps to change his pictures by making him look like a young female man.
There are many face-changing apps available online, such as FaceApp, Reface, and more. The apps use impressive AI technology that makes the finished product virtually impossible to identify from the real image.
After using the deepfake technology, Zonggu noticed an increase in his fans and loved his videos. Eventually, Zonggu told BBC News that he had gotten away with the app while trying to crop the image.
He had wanted to increase his social media presence and believed that people would prefer a young female bike to a middle-aged man.
But despite this revelation, the show received mostly positive reviews from its more than 25,000 fans with some even saying that they became fans when they knew about it. the Japanese TV show.
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Deepfake technology in face changing apps
Deepfake videos and photos use an AI technology called deep learning. It creates fake images and videos that make it look real. Today, there are several online photo editing apps that are raising privacy concerns among the users.
Some of these apps are Zao, Doublicat, FaceApp, Morphin, Jiggy, Celebrity Face Morph. Carica, Face Swap Live, deep art effects, and Collage.Click Face Switch.
According to a previous report from the Science Times, Coston University law professor Danielle Citron said advances in Deepfake technology are currently aimed at women. According to Deeptrace, 96% of more than 15,000 deepfake videos online in 2019 were all pornographic.
AI companies are now using advanced technologies that help identify depth from the real, although it may be perfect that it may take some time.
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