FaceApp offers us a glimpse into our future
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2019-08-21
A new app claims to show your older self. FACEAPP

What would you look like when you are 80 years old? It seems too far away to imagine, but an app named FaceApp tries to show you.

With the help of an aging filter, the app creates transformations of users’ faces using various filters and features. The FaceApp aging challenge went viral last month. Many celebrities like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber shared their wrinkly, grey-haired selfies on social media.

FaceApp helps us stop thinking of things that don’t matter and focus on the present. “We view these images as speculative fiction, not realized and therefore unreal,” US author Nicci Gerrard told The New York Times. “We think of our younger selves, because in one sense that’s who we are. Our younger stories are all still part of us, while our older self doesn’t yet exist.”

However, not everyone can laugh at their older selves. For some, aging is terrifying and it’s hard to accept what the future holds in terms of looks, feelings, and perception. As MetroUK noted, “It’s a prophet of doom: FaceApp is [making] people into a harrowing crisis.”

In addition, FaceApp is facing a number of accusations regarding user privacy. When a user alters a photo, it needs to be uploaded to the servers in Russia, where the company is located, then AI filters your image and sends it back to you. By using the app, “you grant FaceApp ... license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, [and] publish” your image, as stated in its service agreement.

Despite the concerns over privacy, however, FaceApp does light up the internet. It gives us the chance to take a look at our futures and perhaps let us consider how to prepare for it.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Filter  滤镜
Went viral  走红
Wrinkly  有皱纹的
Selfies  自拍
Speculative  推测的
Perception  认知
Prophet  先知
Doom  末日
Harrowing  痛苦的
Servers  服务器
Grant  授权
Modify  修改