It’s weirdly and creepingly realistic.
If you’ve been browsing social media over the past few days, you may have the various old faces that have been popping up all over your news feed. This new trend is part of the #AgeChallenge the uses FaceApp to analyze faces and apply filters that either make you look old or young.
Sometimes also called the #FaceAppChallenge, the app uses AI to intelligently apply the right filters on your face and judging by the recent posts the realistic results are somewhat funny and creepy at the same time.
— Sophia the Robot (@RealSophiaRobot) July 16, 2019
FaceApp has been around for a couple of years now, and it even trended thanks to a skin tone feature that would let you change the color of your skin. This, of course, didn’t fare well with most of the community which is why the feature was quickly removed.
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) July 16, 2019
FaceApp’s algorithms are indeed impressive, but it has also raised the question about privacy since the images that are used by the app at are uploaded to a server where the conversion will be done. There’s a good chance that the app’s algorithms can use facial data for other purposes. The problem is that FaceApp never explicitly states that images will be uploaded on a server, with most users thinking that the conversion is done right on the app itself.
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) July 16, 2019
Yes, it’s still funny seeing the old version of yourself, but at the same time, you should also be careful about randomly putting images online. Privacy has been a hot topic for everyone especially in the realms of social media and while many are doing their best to fight for it, it’s up to us to know where our personal data goes especially online.
For now, I guess I’ll just enjoy seeing my favorite celebrities have their faces aged for the #AgeChallenge.
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) July 16, 2019
FaceApp is a free app that’s available on Android and iOS.