Ever wonder what you might look like when you get older, or curious how you would look as the opposite gender? Start with your smartphone.
FaceApp, available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play, uses artificial intelligence to create “neural face transformations,” such as aging your selfie or turning you into the opposite gender.
You start by pulling up a photo, then applying the filter of your choosing, such as “old,” “young,” “female” or “male.” Users can create an image featuring two photos side by side, or a collage of up to four images.
There are also two “smile” filters, which can add smiles to a selfie. In some cases, the results were a bit unnerving.
Most of the response to FaceApp has been positive, but one filter called “Hot” has been criticized for whitewashing users’ skin tones. The filter is meant to take out blemishes or wrinkles to make your selfies look more attractive. However, some users noted when they tried it, it also made their skin tones whiter.
In a statement, FaceApp maker Wireless Lab OOO says they are working on a fix that should be ready soon, and changed the name of the filter to “Spark.”
“We are deeply sorry for this unquestionably serious issue,” reads their statement. “It is an unfortunate side-effect of the underlying neural network caused by the training set bias, not intended behavior.”
FaceApp isn’t the first app to run into trouble with filters. Snapchat was criticized for a filter of Bob Marley many claimed was equivalent to “digital blackface,” while a separate filter released months later was blasted for reinforcing stereotypes of Asians.
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