Have you been making a lot of video calls and tired of your own image? Want to play a trick on your friends, family or co-workers? Because, if you know a little bit of programming language, I have the ideal tip: the Avatarify.
This is an experiment created by the developers Ali Aliev and Karim Iskakov, based entirely on deepfakes – one in which neural networks «reproduce» a person’s features to create fake videos of him or to allow you to impersonate another individual on video, which is precisely the case here.
The difference between Avatarify and other applications deepfake is that it works entirely based on an image: you can upload any person’s face to impersonate them. Obviously, the results are pretty rudimentary (the effect looks more like a cardboard mask than anything else, and there is no change in your voice), but the whole thing is good for a joke or two.
The program’s developers have already added pre-ready avatars so you don’t have to upload images. Among the options, we have the faces of Steve Jobs and Elon Musk for you to play a trick on your friends.
The Avatarify code is available on GitHub and is open / free, requiring only a small configuration to work with any videoconferencing application. It is worth noting that his performance is relatively demanding: to run the effects of deepfake at a satisfactory frame rate, it’s healthy that you have a computer with a dedicated GPU.
via Cult of Mac