Deepnude – AI Porn and Censorship, with examples

I have seen a variety of news sites cover the recently released computer AI that uses generative neural networks (GANs) to remove clothing from photos of women. Of course, I was intrigued. I will include some examples I found down of the results of the deepnude app down below and I will also reveal where one can find the download for those that are interested.

But when I went to find the software, low and behold, the software had already been taken down! Found the deepnude twitter account ( https://twitter.com/deepnudeapp ) and their latest tweet said that they “don’t want to make money this way” (because everyone hates money!) and they no longer authorize the use of the app by anyone. Really? They made this app, released it into the wild and after 24 hours they killed it because charging $50 per premium copy lost its appeal? Doubtful.

Looking for downloads of the app on Google yielded no results either. Why? I can only see censorship and the internet giant trying to purify any possible ‘naughty’ software because, well, there is almost nothing in the world more harmful than a naked human.

The threads on it on reddit were all deleted. It seems the internet and mass censorship is not ready for this. I can see the ethical questions of artificially taking photos of women and making them naked. But from a technical point of view, it is really cool that AI can be trained to do this. Specifically, the AI is trained to look at a whole bunch of photos of naked women and then presented with a clothed woman. The neural network then alters and plays with the image to get it to look more and more like a real naked photo. This is the exact same technology that can be used to do countless other things as well such as enhancing blurred out photos or making underwater photos look like they were taken on land.

The key to making a good AI GAN is to train it with a lot of high quality, labelled images. Apparently this is way more difficult than it looks because human bodies are all jiggly and different and can be found in an infinite variety of positions. This makes using AI for generating bodies much much more difficult than for faces, which are typically always upright and facing from one side to straight on to the other side…that’s it. A body, it can be doing a cartwheel. In any number of different types of clothing. So the AI gets easily confused.

Well, apparently the dataset used by the deepnude folks only included pretty much forward facing, straight on photos. And they clearly didn’t use nearly enough photos to train the network. It would probably take a good 500 000 images or more of well labelled naked photos (and a considerable amount of processing time — like a couple months) to create a very good and realistic AI that can reliably remove clothing. Sadly, deepnudes did not. How do I know? Take a look at some of these examples found out in the internet:

Deepnude - AI Porn and Censorship, with examples 1
Deepnude - AI Porn and Censorship, with examples 2

These are some absolutely not hot, alien-fetish type porn…not realistic at all. The first image has 2 nipples on her hip. The second image has 1 tit and 2 vaginas. That is seriously messed up.

Of course, it can do a better job. Here’s a better example of when it worked:

Deepnude - AI Porn and Censorship, with examples 3

You can obviously see that she was wearing a red bikini but the AI didn’t quite remove it. And check out that hairy bush! Basically, the software is just plain awful! And this is a good example! Can you imagine paying $50 for such garbage?

Well you can’t! Because the online censors have all but taken it down.

Only after a bunch of digging did I find what appeared to be a working link to a download of deepnude on Pirate Bay. And who knows how long that will remain up? (I may watch it just to see.)

My main point is, while the idea and concept of deepnude is kinda cool from a technology point of view, the net result is a disturbing amount of internet censorship, some incredibly disturbing images and some completely awful execution.

But with all that said, the ability to remove clothing from any person by simply uploading it to some software is right around the corner. Censor it all you want, you can’t put the genie back in its bottle and within a year or two this is going to be absolutely commonplace…like it or not.

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