Chinese face-swap app, Zao, rocketed to the top of app store charts over the weekend, but user delight at the prospect of becoming instant superstars by inserting their faces into famous movies and memes quickly turned sour as privacy implications began to sink in. The machine learning technology underpinning deepfakes can impersonate famous personalities and politicians and make them say whatever the aspiring faker types. US politicians hope to regulate this emergent misinformation threat ahead of the 2020 elections.[But who will regulate the politicians who will want to use it?] -GEG
Chinese face-swap app Zao rocketed to the top of app store charts over the weekend, but user delight at the prospect of becoming instant superstars quickly turned sour as privacy implications began to sink in.
Launched recently, Zao is currently topping the free download chart on China’s iOS store. Its popularity has also pushed another face-swap app, Yanji, to fifth place on the list. Behind Zao is a company fully owned by Chinese hookup and live-streaming service Momo Inc. President Wang Li and co-Founder Lei Xiaoliang, according to public company registration documents.
Users of the app upload a photo of themselves to drop their likeness into popular scenes from hundreds of movies or TV shows. It’s a chance to be the star and swap places with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Leonardo DiCaprio or Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory in a matter of moments.
The NYPD said that several officers sustained injuries, including one who was struck in the head with a garbage can and another who was punched in the face. Protesters shut down the street around police headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.
Riots broke out in Minneapolis, and fire crews responded to 30 intentionally set blazes during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires. Violence spread a few miles away to a Target store in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood where police said 50 to 60 people rushed the store attempting to loot it.
Trump’s executive order can be reversed by his successor when he leaves office, therefore, Congress should pass a law against censorship. But it won’t because politicians accept generous campaign contributions from big tech.
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx relied on bogus computer models to frighten politicians into shutting down the country. Last week, after 39-million Americans lost their jobs, Fauci acknowledged that staying closed could cause “irreparable damage!” [Every school child in the country could figure that out, so why did he do it?
Church pastor Jerry Waldrop filed a lawsuit against the city of Holly Springs, alleging police officers had disrupted Easter service, and some believe that the fire was set by people who support the lockdown.
JP Morgan CEO Jaime Dimon acknowledged that the stock market is rising only because the Fed is using taxpayer dollars to save large companies. These bailouts are rewarding bad behavior by banks and their favored businesses, and it is creating massive debt that will destroy the nation.
While Bill Gates was spreading panic over the coronavirus and pushing for a 3-month lockdown, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was buying up tech stock, such as Apple, Amazon, Google-parent Alphabet, and Twitter, all of which did a booming business during the lockdown.
The doctors say the loss of livelihoods are causing poverty, loss of homes, despair, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicides. It is the view of these doctors that these effects are more deadly than the virus.
People objected to sensors that would be placed everywhere collecting data on everything. They also were not not comfortable with a private company running their city [Good decision on the sensors, but it is hard to imagine that private-sector crooks would be much worse than public-sector crooks.]
Gates’ banker father was head of Planned Parenthood and the family was connected to a group of wealthy intellectuals who called themselves Eugenicists. That means they advocated so-called public-health programs that secretly sterilize those who are considered by the elite to be unworthy of procreation.
Heather MacDonald says says the longer people are under lockdown, the more dependent they become on the government for survival – which is what socialism, communism, fascism, and all other forms of collectivism are all about.
The proposed law law would enable mainland Chinese police and military agencies to operate on city soil for the first time. Protesters were hit with tear gas and a water cannon. At least 120 were arrested.
The state currently is counting anyone who dies WITH the virus as having died FROM the virus. Nevertheless, the epidemiologist on the payroll of the state’s Department of Health continues to claim that virus deaths are being undercounted.
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