Cool/Weird Video of the Day: Real-time Face Swapping Technology

Is this the future of espionage, warfare, crime and Halloween costumes?

Again, the Uncanny Valley is coming into play here, which essentially means that the closer something resembles something alive, without actually being alive, the more it makes us feel uncomfortable.  That’s why Pixar movies use outlandishly cartoonish characters and why movies like Polar Express fail.  The uncanny valley is the reason for all the comments labeling the video as “creepy”, “freaky” and “like a horror movie.”  I’ll write a more thorough article about the Uncanny Valley soon because it is one of my favorite topics to discuss.

I really wish that I understood this technology better, but there are some explanations HERE and in the comments on vimeo.

 

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