Disney develops AI that can easily change the age of a face. Think digital communication of the future.

【Disney Develops AI that Can Manipulate ‘Actor Ages’ at Will】


・Disney Research Studios, an AI research institute, revealed last month that it has successfully developed an AI system that can manipulate the age of an actor’s face at will.

This AI is called FRAN (Face Re-Aging Network) and can age or rejuvenate the faces of people in the film in a short time.

・Until now, it has taken at least a few days to a few weeks to modify footage to change an actor’s age, but with FRAN, a face can be aged or rejuvenated in as little as five seconds per frame.

One second of video consists of approximately 24 to 30 frames (still images)


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Imagine future digital communication that can easily change the age of your face.


In a recent blog,

I talked about replacing the face of someone who does not want to be seen with a different face, not with a mosaic, but with a deep fake, which is a similar story in terms of changing the face.

However, this time it is about changing the age of the face.


Even now, we often see actors rejuvenated by computer graphics, but at this stage, it seems that a lot of time and effort has gone into the process.


But with this new technology, we can easily change the age of the face.


What I thought was,

I thought that in a few years’ time, people may be using such an amazing technology in their daily lives.


I remember when I was working for a commercial production company.

As I was often involved in the production of car commercials, I often heard the term “stabilizer” when I was working on video editing and processing. Simply put, it is an “anti-shake” device.

Shooting a car is one of the toughest commercial shoots. This is because the subject of the shoot is top class, large, and moving. (Smaller, immobile subjects are relatively easy.)

When shooting a running scene, the image will inevitably be shaky.

After the image is taken, a stabilizer is applied to prevent the camera from shaking, in other words, image stabilization.

Nowadays, image stabilization is a common feature in smartphones and other devices.

But at the time, it was a very difficult and time-consuming process. (We sometimes lost half a day just doing the image calculation work called rendering.)


That was a long time ago, and I have written about it at length.

Since then, more than a decade later, the general public now commonly uses image stabilization. So, how many decades later will the above technology to change the age of a face also be used? I thought that perhaps, in a few years, ordinary people could be using it normally.


In a few years’ time, it will be even more difficult to believe in still images and videos as they appear on the screen (the current processing technology is amazing, but the future is likely to be even more amazing).


As such, since the appearance can be changed as much as possible on the screen, the key to success in the future may be the content, or what is expressed in the content.


But when we look at AI composers, AI illustrators, AI writers, AI singers, etc., the elements of the above mentioned points of contention are also at stake.

Where and how should human individuality be brought out, hmmm….


I’ll leave it at that for today.^^:


See you then.


By the way, it is my understanding that most women have photo processing apps in their phones. In the future, maybe all people, regardless of gender, will have processing apps, including video, in their smartphones as a normal part of their lives.




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