A web app called DeepNudewhich could turn any photo of a woman nude a realistic-seeming nude image, is shutting down after a short stint of going viral. DeepNude caught major attention from the public after Vice's tech vertical, Motherboard, published a story about the web app on Big mama naket evening.
People raced fake check out the software, which harnessed deepfake technology to let users generate fake, yet believable, nude money of women in a one-step process. But DeepNude, which was relatively unknown until the Motherboard story, was unable to handle the traffic. The team behind DeepNude quickly took the app offline, saying its servers "need reinforcement" and promising to have the money up and running "in a few days.
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But the team announced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that DeepNude was offline — for good. DeepNude said it "greatly underestimated" the amount of traffic it would get and decided to shut down the app because "the probability that people will misuse it is too high. Surely some copies of DeepNude will be shared on the web, but we don't want to be the ones who sell it," DeepNude wrote in a tweet.
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DeepNude is just the latest example in how techies have nude using artificial intelligence to create deepfakeseerily realistic fake depictions of someone doing or saying something they have never done. Some have used the technology to create computer-generated catsAirbnb listings, fake revised versions of famous Hollywood movies.
But others have used the technology to effortlessly spread misinformation, like this deepfake video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezwhich was altered to make the House representative seem like she doesn't know the answers to questions from an interviewer.