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Shortly after the news about a & # 39; deepfaking & # 39; app that can distribute photos of naked women in the media, video makers took the service offline
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After a widespread kickback, a disturbing app that uses artificial intelligence to take fake nude photos of women is taken offline.

According to the anonymous creator of the app that & # 39; Alberto & # 39; the takedown comes from the app's potential to be abused.

& # 39; Despite the adopted safety measures (watermarks) if 500,000 people use it, the chance that people are abusing it is too big & # 39 ;, is the tweet.

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Shortly after the news about a & # 39; deepfaking & # 39; app that can distribute photos of naked women in the media, video makers took the service offline

Shortly after the news about a & # 39; deepfaking & # 39; app that can distribute photos of naked women in the media, video makers took the service offline

HOW DOES THE DUNUDE WORK?

It is a downloadable offline app that works on Windows and Linux.

The software is believed to be based on pix2pix, an open source algorithm developed in 2017 by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pix2pix uses generative adversarial networks (GAN & # 39; s) that work by training an algorithm on a huge data set with images.

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An image is entered into the software and a nude version is then generated at the touch of a button.

Makers say that the app will no longer be offered for free or otherwise, and the makers said they will not release another version, nor will they give the use of the app to others.

The app, called DeepNude, removes all clothing from every uploaded image of a woman – a sparking fear that it can be used to blackmail unsuspecting victims with false revenge porn threats.

Shortly after the app was flagged by media – initially reported by Vice – it was taken offline.

Video makers claimed that they could not handle the amount of interest and said they needed it & # 39; to fix some bugs & # 39; but would be online again soon.

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While a free version of the app covered the output images with a large watermark, a paid version, which costs $ 50, removed the mark, but added a stamp with the text & # 39; FAKE & # 39; in the top left corner.

Vice tested the app on dozens of photos & # 39; s and got the most convincing results on high resolution images of Sports Illustrated issues.

The iconic Sports Illustrated module from Supermodel Tyra Banks is one of the images used as an example by the publication.

Other images show fake nudes by Kim Kardashian, singer Taylor Swift and Wonderwoman star Gal Gadot.

DeepNude & # 39; s website calls itself & # 39; an offline automated software that transforms and fakes photos & # 39; s. It was deleted because it received publicity

DeepNude & # 39; s website calls itself & # 39; an offline automated software that transforms and fakes photos & # 39; s. It was deleted because it received publicity

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DeepNude & # 39; s website calls itself & # 39; an offline automated software that transforms and fakes photos & # 39; s. It was deleted because it received publicity

The app is unable to create naked images of men and, when tried by Vice, created a photo of a man with a vulva.

DeepNude & # 39; s website calls itself & # 39; an offline automated software that transforms and fakes photos & # 39; s.

Vice has downloaded and tested the application on a Windows computer. It was installed and launched like any other Windows application and required no technical expertise to use.

The anonymous creator said the software is based on pix2pix, an open-source algorithm that was developed in 2017 by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Pix2pix uses generative adversarial networks (GAN & # 39; s) that work by training an algorithm on a huge data set with images.

In the case of DeepNude, more than 10,000 nude photos of women, the programmer said and tried to improve himself.

The anonymous team said that servers are apparently overloaded due to the amount of traffic to the site

The anonymous team said that servers are apparently overloaded due to the amount of traffic to the site

The anonymous team said that servers are apparently overloaded due to the amount of traffic to the site

This algorithm is similar to what is used in deepfake videos created to make viewers think that someone has done something they have not done and what self-driving cars are using in-depth learning.

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Alberto told Vice that he was inspired by X-ray specifications & # 39; Like everyone else, I was fascinated by the idea that they could really exist and this memory continued to exist & # 39;

The fake images are easily confused with the real thing and can cause immeasurable damage to people's lives.

Cutting the & # 39; fake & # 39; stamp or removing it with Photoshop would be very easy.

Motherboard tested it on images of women and men, in different states of clothing, fully dressed to string bikini, and a variety of skin tones.

When they get a well-lit, high-resolution image of a woman in a bikini pointing directly at the camera, the fake nude images are fairly realistic.

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The algorithm accurately fills in the details where clothes used to be, the corners of the breasts underneath the clothes, nipples and shadows.

But it is not flawless. Most images and especially low-resolution images produced a number of visual artifacts.

As with revenge porn, these images can be used to embarrass, harass, intimidate and silence women.

There are forums where men can pay experts to create profane members of colleagues, friends or family members, but with tools such as DeepNude it is easy to make such images private and at the touch of a button.

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