Sex

Find porn stars who look like people you know using facial recognition

By Kitty Knowles 23 September 2016
Summary

Let the ethics debate roll forth.

Porn companies have long been early adopters of new technology; embracing videos, DVDs, internet streaming and live web chat when these mediums were in their infancy.

Now, they’re using facial recognition technology to create even more ‘personalised’ experiences, but not everyone will be happy.

That’s because:

You can now use AI to find porn stars who look like people you know.

*Shudder*

Personalised porn

This week Megacams (NSFW), a free cam site, released a new feature on it’s live sex search engine called ‘facial recognition’.

This means visitors are able to upload an image of any celebrity, or a person they know, and find a supposedly ‘doppelganger’ performer.

It’s not the first time a porn site has set an image search function up: NaughtyAmerica launched a subpar system a couple of years ago, which couldn’t even match pictures to the right ethnicities.

But as facial recognition improves, so has the adult industry’s offering:

“As facial recognition technology is evolving at the speed of light, we thought it was time to implement this technology on Megacams and are the first live cam sex website to do so,” a MegaCams spokesperson told The Memo.

A matter of ethics?

While we all have fantasies, artificially intelligent technology is helping to bring those fantasies to life in innovative new ways.

The fact remains, no one owns your imagination, and as MegaCams told us: “If men want to get off on this girl, they would do it also with a regular Facebook picture.”

Any photos uploaded also get deleted off the site after uploading, but does that make it okay?

MegaCams steered clear of the question:

“The matter if this is ethical or not is our call, it’s up to the user using it,” they said.

Murkier water ahead

The internet has long given us photoshopped celebrity nudes, and look-alike porn videos.

While these famous individuals may well feel exploited, this is still legal because it isn’t real life.

Most people will agree that hacking nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence is wrong, but when Kanye West revealed a fake naked Taylor Swift doll in his Famous music video, it’s okay because it’s art (or is it?).

What’s worrying is that innovation will only make it easier and easier for us to use and abuse the likeness of a person without their permission – be that in AI porn, virtual worlds, or 3D-printed art.

It’s hard to know if and where you can draw the line, no one is comfortable with censorship, and we’re still working out what free speech means online.

But as technology progresses are you really comfortable with the idea that an ex – or any random individual – could play out their fantasies with a virtual you that’s hair-raisingly real?

Maybe now your photo could be used for personalised porn, you might be more willing to speak up.

Find out who you look like at MegaCams (NSFW)

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