Last month I wrote an article on real-time image manipulation, which included FaceTune as an example and also a video of some YouTube creator who demonstrated the effect of a filter. It made him look a good ten years younger. With FaceTune, women can, among others, increase the size of their eyes. Looking younger and tweaking features to look more neotenous is no longer the cutting edge. Instead, technology has progressed well beyond that. Now e-thots can make use of real-time adjustments of facial geometry. Yes, you read that correctly!
The motivation behind this post was a recent story about a female streamer from China who goes by the name “Your Highness Qiao Biluo”, or however that is written in Chinese characters. During a live stream, she messed up and her filters stopped working — and a cute woman in her late teens or early 20s turned out to be in her late 50s. This is the before/after image:
Amusingly, said streamer only noticed that something was up when people left her channel in droves. If I understood the story correctly, she seems to have wanted to only use a different filter. Her followers donated to her to turn off the image filter and you can bet that her intention was to just fiddle with the parameters a bit but not turn it off completely, similar to how many women who claim to not wear makeup simply put a somewhat unobtrusive layer of chemicals on her face.
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The way things are going, we are probably not far away from the introduction of apps that allow you to swap your biological sex in videos on the fly, in addition to giving you a female voice. Once that happens, I bet that we will see some dudes pretending to be chicks making bank because this would allow them to cut out the middle man. Just think of mouthpieces like Lauren Southern: she had male ghostwriters. Imagine you could turn yourself into a blonde chick on video with the push of a button? Suddenly your alt-right message would find a lot more followers and let that sweet donation money come in, and unlike before, you could rake in all that cash for yourself as opposed to getting paid with a fake smile and the implied but ultimately empty promise of getting some poontang.
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