Deepfakes and DeepNude
The new app, DeepNude that can render anyone naked is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
We’ve all dreamed about X Ray glasses right? The ones that let you see through anything… even clothes? X Ray vision exists only in the movies, but science has finally come up with something similar – an AI app that can imagine – and render a picture – of you naked.
Freaky, right? Yeah. It’s got us excited too. The app is called DeepNude, and it’s been developed by a team based in Estonia. It works using the fundamental principle of Deepfakes. Asiaville has previously reported on Deepfakes – an artificial intelligence based technique that can easily create fake images and videos. All it needs are a few pictures of a person, to generate an entire video of them – all in a matter of minutes.
Here’s how it works – you send the software your photos, which reach the AI and Machine learning centre. Here, the contours and other properties of your face are captured. These features are superimposed on an existing image or video. So, you get a video where the face of the person has been completely changed.
Essentially, if images are superimposed correctly, you could have the face of anyone on a video that is completely unrelated to them. This feature has been misused to create fake pornography videos of celebrities and spread fake news. Hackers have been also able to create fake voices, and do more.
Utilising the same technology, DeepNude was created. According to the Twitter profile of the website, the app went online on March 28. It is an offline automated software that transforms photos into fake nudes. You can put in any image, and you’ll have a naked version in hand. The company also calls it the X-Ray app and was created for entertainment.
The premium version of the app is priced at $50. The app went viral and the website received more than 500,000 customers. The company says that ‘despite the safety measures adopted’, – watermarks superimposed on DeepNude images, “If 500,000 people use it, the possibility that people will misuse it is too high.” And thus, the app was taken down.
Hi! DeepNude is offline. Why? Because we did not expect these visits and our servers need reinforcement. We are a small team. We need to fix some bugs and catch our breath. We are working to make DeepNude stable and working. We will be back online soon in a few days.— deepnudeapp (@deepnudeapp) June 27, 2019
The app creators said they "never thought that it would become viral and the team would not be able to control the traffic".
There are no plans to roll out different versions of the app, and the use of it has now been restricted. "Downloading the software from other sources or sharing it by any other means would be against the terms of our website." mentions the company on Twitter.
But, the final word that came from the makers was "The world is not ready for DeepNude". Fortunately, they realised that even an app made for entertainment can be, and is, misused.