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16 05 16

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We can all agree parody is great, right?

It’s a great kind of satire (or is that the other way around?) that has many comically appealing applications. It falls under creative use too, which probably plays a role in its success as a way of poking fun at things. Granted it can be a bit tricky telling apart satire and stupidity sometimes, but you just have to take that into account during execution. Keep your intentions clear!

There’s software being developed (already very functional in lab settings) that allows incredibly realistic projection of someone else’s face over your own. And if we’re not already there yet, it’s very likely this’ll be indistinguishable from the real deal soon. That’s super cool, but it definitely raises some concerns.

Those folks that gag on current events, celebrities and politicians, surely they’ll want to try this out in their imitation bits? But then if that content gets released without context, wouldn’t that cause confusion? Can they even legally use a public figure’s face like that (assuming the necessary imagery is available)? Would it take away from the lovability of parody when actors are indistinguishable from their roles?

Who knows. I certainly don’t.
~ Fang


  • 19/05/2016 (1:28 PM)

    I do think it would be something that you couldn’t use in a parody. Though it does mean that even lookalikes and impressionists are being defeated by the robots. Which is kinda sad. But still that kind of thing could definitely be misconstrued or just have the fun taken away. I guess time will tell where it all goes.

  • 17/05/2016 (2:52 AM)

    I saw that there was an app that made it look like you were Bob marley a few weeks back, and the app-makers got into hot water for blackface or something.

    Is it possible to be amazed and offended at the same time?

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