With the advent of large computing power and the beginning of the use of neural networks, much that previously seemed fantastic has become quite a reality.
If progress goes at this rate and further, then according to my forecast, a number of professions will simply disappear and a person will be replaced by a robot and artificial intelligence. Even now, a computer algorithm is able to replace the painstaking and creative work on video editing.
The ZAO app is ...?
This is once again proved by deepfake-an application from China Zao, which allows you to replace the face of famous characters or actors on your face in any passage of a popular movie, TV series, show or clip, while the user does not need to go into the subtleties and nuances of editing and video processing.
The ZAO app appeared in late August 2019 as a free download for Chinese users. In just two days, the Zao app soared to the top of the Chinese App Store and Android markets. The developer of the app is Momo, which has one of the largest streaming platforms for Dating in the country.
What is deepfake technology?
The application uses deepfake processing technology, Which replaces the face of the original character to any other with a photo that is uploaded to your account of the program. The replacement time takes just a few seconds. It took a lot of time for developers to learn the neural network algorithm. The Zao app is currently available exclusively in China's App Store, but the fame of the app quickly spread around the world.
More recently, the world was shocked by its functionality app FaceApp, which we were old and showed in the future, the number of downloads, it seems it captured the mobile phones of half the world, and now the application threatens to do the same.
The ZAO application is used to edit photos, the faces of which can replace the faces of actors in movies and TV series, TV shows and famous commercials.
Features and settings of the application ZAO
ZAO allows you to replace the face on the video, no matter from what angle the shooting was conducted.
For example, users can take an excerpt of a music video or a Hollywood movie, and then replace the face of a certain actor with their own. Such manipulations can be carried out with absolutely any rollers.
There is no need to perform complex manipulations in order to replace persons. Just select the video and mark the areas where you want to replace the face, and then upload your own photo.
It is noteworthy that the replacement of faces occurs in a few seconds thanks to the processing technology, which was called deepfake.
Security issues and difficulties in using the ZAO app
The developers have issued a statement and, in turn, claim that they do not intend to use users ' materials for commercial purposes. According to them, this data in the form of created videos by users is needed for further machine learning of the neural network.
However, censors of the Russian, European and American App Store and Google Play have not yet missed the app in its listing.
Difficulties and problems when using the application ZAO
What other difficulties await You when working with the application ZAO. Apart from the privacy issue, You need to know that the app is completely in Chinese and in order to register You will need a Chinese mobile number. But I think this will not be a problem for you, as there are sites with Chinese phone numbers for registration in Chinese Internet services.
It is worth considering how this application handles personal data when registering. You upload a photo, and following the commands of the application turn your head, smile, open or close your mouth, which to me is quite strange. It feels like the app is scanning you completely. Who knows can somewhere will issued robot your DoppelgangeR or filmed advertisements with your data and without your consent, and can this technology can be use under shooting extras in artistic movie.
Although, if you used the Russian application FaceApp a few months ago, and have already transferred your data to this company, I do not think that its transfer of its data to the Chinese excites you stylishly. So go ahead, use and enjoy.
Requirements and additional information when using the ZAO app
The minimum operating system required to use the ZAO app is IOS or Android 8.0.
You can download the app in the APP Store or Google Play.
Installing the application through the APK file requires you to activate the "Unknown sources" function in Settings> Applications.