Just yesterday, I was working on an application that uses style transfer AI technology called DeepDreamAI. Here is the project. In simple terms, the technology allows for one to transfer image style from one image to another.

Dubbed ZAO, the deepfake app allows one to superimpose their faces onto another face, for example, an actor in a movie.

The Chinese iOS app was released on Friday 30th August and there was over millions of downloads.

The company behind ZAO is called MOMO, a dating app that is listed on the NASDAQ since the 11th December 2014. The ZAO app is stored in the website called ai-industry.com and it is backed by immomo.com.

The application uses an anti re-package mechanism at the native layer to be implemented as shown below:

The re-package of the application entails customization of an app by enabling some features and removing some limitations among other things.

In the wake of privacy issues, ZAO app has been reported to have multiple security issues and risks for the users. The app was found to violate certain laws and standards that are set by the industry. Below is what the ZAO app has access to the user’s privacy:

The AI technology used has enabled users to add their faces on predefined clips. Here is a compilation of famous movie clips that have been created.

A compilation of famous movie clips

Now, thanks to deepfake videos, Facebook, Microsoft are in the process of launching a contest to help detect the deepfake videos. The AI coalition and the academicians from universities will launch the contest to help spur the detection research.

The contest will have $10 million put in place to help create a data set for testing detection tools. The system will authenticate a video or image at the point of capture through a digital watermark.

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