My enduring dream of being able to watch The African Queen with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Hepburn role just got a step closer!
Kyle MacDonald and Arturo Castro, a pair of programmer/artists, have created a real-time video face tracking and modifying application, which can overlay a famous face from a photo onto a moving face in a video, dynamically, in creepy, creepy real time. Just watch.
The software is built on open-source tools, so we're hoping to compile a copy to run here in the office and distort ourselves at least as horribly as Kyle MacDonald does here, but until then, can't stop staring at the videos.
Here's another one, inspired by A Scanner Darkly.
This is crazy interesting, I love how far facial recognition has gotten, I do worry about both falsifying identities and identity theft, but for now the glitches are fairly noticeable, depending on how close to your face the face you are using is.
The only workaround I see for hiding the glitches with this program would be to set your resolution to incredibly low settings, which would raise suspicion with how good today's webcams can be.
If this works on a phone in the future though...
I will have nightmares of this tonight
I am willing to bet within 5 years a hacker (or group of hackers like LulzSec) will use an advanced iteration of this hack to cover their faces in real time with a smiley face a la 'Ghost in the Shell SAC'. Of course it won't have the same affect as it did in that fictional universe (we're pretty far from the cybernetic implants that were a large part of that world), but surveillance cameras will be hacked like this within 5 years. Hopefully it will only be harmless mischief. . .
Pretty cool. I assume this means that you can insert your own face in existing movies. Talk about identifying with the character!
That innocent little girl your 14 year old daughter has been chatting with daily... is really the 45 year old pedophile from across town.
Their software looks a bit raw in its current form. I think Kyle and Arturo have barely scratched the surface of what is possible.
Government Spies, Hacker, Stalkers and Wacko's, it appears someone has made software for you.
What the manufacture should do is put a water mark, in the bottom corner somewhere?
Right now this software still seems artificial in nature and so can be detected, but with future development it will grow to perfection.
It's all kind of creepy!
I look forward to pixellation or blur being replaced by a generic featureless face on 'reality' shows.
I'm reminded of Rainbow's End, though the example of A Scanner Darkly was spot on. This technology will be popular enough just for hobbyists and messing around on the computer. But give augmented reality another decade and see where it goes. The science fiction writers weren't so far off.
The spin of the earth impaled a silhouette of the sun on a steeple
funny. good way to hide your identity and blame someone else.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
This will take the stunt double in movies to a new level if your main actor backs out you can make the double look like your main actor
Considering that we take ANYTHING that supposedly was recorded by a machine SOMEWHERE as irrefutable proof in this nation, the word of any human is now totally moot. Anyone out there really think that this is the actual limit of this type of technology? Movie studios have been doing better stuff for a long time now. If we are not the state, we are therefore now the enemies of the state, at the state's convenience. cool.