Except if you’ve been living under a stone some place in Bermuda, you more likely than not saw the new web rave – something many refer to as FaceApp. What’s more, that is in the event that you’ve not jumped on the face-maturing train yourself.
All things considered, since it hit the interwebs, the face-changing application which uses AI to deliver unfathomably reasonable and genuine pictures of what individuals would resemble in the event that they were 40 years more seasoned has got big names and web based life aficionados stumbling over themselves to post and catch some innocuous fun, however many dread that it may not be innocuous fun all things considered.
The FaceApp application has just been downloaded more than 150 million times on Play Store alone and there have been discussions of client information getting into the off-base hands; a worry borne out of the way that the makers of the application can be followed to Russia and the moderately obscure organization being referred to has no record with regards to information trustworthiness.
The makers of the application have since endeavored to eliminate any confusion air according to the terms of utilization yet you get the inclination that regardless of whether they hadn’t, worries over information protection was never going to prevent individuals from utilizing a truly cool application — not these days of internet based life fever. Furthermore, perhaps this FaceApp thingy isn’t that creepy all things considered. Truth be told, possibly it’s really helpful. What’s more, it proved extremely valuable as of late as well.
A couple of days back, word got out that a man who was grabbed as a baby was brought together with his family following 18 years – when the police figured out how to follow him down utilizing a comparable face-maturing application.
Yu Weifang, will’s identity 21 this month, met his folks just because since he was a tyke – all gratitude to the FaceApp-style Al innovation made by the Chinese tech monster, Tencent.
Working along these lines as the drifting face-maturing application, police utilized the innovation to foresee what the 21-year-old would resemble now and coordinated his highlights to a database with a huge number of individuals.
The cold-case investigators in south China’s Guangdong Province used the Al technology product along with existing facial recognition intelligence to locate the missing man.
After sorting through nearly 100 potential candidates, officers narrowed them down to 21-year-old Weifang – a student of a school in China’s Guangzhou province. The youngster initially doubted the story that he had been kidnapped as a child but DNA tests confirmed a match with his biological parents.
Weifang, whose adoptive parents named Li, went missing in 2001 near a construction site where his father worked. His parents filed a missing person report and the incident was treated as a kidnapping case.
His biological parents, Yu Xingquan and Rong Muhuan, scoured neighbouring cities for months in search of their mission son but could not find any trace of him. At some point, they even offered a reward of 100,000 RMB (£11,600) for anyone with information about the whereabouts of their little boy.
But all those efforts proved abortive. The boy had been missing for eighteen years, up until the FaceApp-style app produced a reasonably accurate prediction of what he’d look like now. That was how the authorities tracked him down. Turns out FaceApp is not so bad after all.