Even though the AI-induced, face editing tool has taken the world, especially US, by storm, but controversies regarding its true intentions of data mining are flaring. One senator has even asked the FBI to dig deep and inquire the tool for its origins and purpose.
To ease your concerns, the app is claimed to upload only the selected picture and not the entire camera roll. The picture is uploaded in the servers in US, and deleted after 48 hours. And the raging discussion that Russian programmers and data scientists are using the user’ data for their facial recognition purposes is invalid with minute chances.
However, do note that the FaceApp’s terms of service acquires the license to use the images like, forever.
Albeit, if people are stressing over the intentions of FaceApp, they are kind of forgetting what’s coming up next in the near future. Unfortunately, something that could be more troubling and sort of, dangerous.
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This is why.
With the emergence of 5G, the ultra-speed cellular network technology, many service providers worldwide have been quick in adopting the technology. For example, UK already has Vodafone and EE with live 5G transceivers.
FaceApp and similar tools in the app stores, have realized that even modern, powerful smartphones today aren’t capable of catering the computing power required to render sophisticated images. Even if they somehow acquire such power, the phone makers won’t be happy in allowing them to handle such top manipulation and effects on devices.
Hence, the trick for FaceApp and related apps is to upload your visuals on the cloud, use the company’s extremely potent remote servers, and then download the altered images back to your phone. The 5G phones are not only more-than-able to handle this task more efficiently, it will even make your phone’s processor practically less important, or even useless.
As 5G modems will start to penetrate a number of cheaper handsets in the near future, apps much more advanced that FaceApp will be able to process the advanced effects of images without providing a flat output. With the majority of legwork being done from the server side, the phone itself will become a dumb box as long as it runs a 5G connection.
Unsurprisingly, the above trend is already in motion. Consider the example of classic Nokia 8110, now termed as Nokia 8110 4G. The company was able to incorporate Google Assistant into the phone, with a certain quality of voice feature rarely seen in a typical feature phone.
The best part is, many more features are yet to be untapped guaranteeing a superior user experience all through the fast 5G. On the downside, there will be an apparent price to pay—signing to more terms in license that FaceApp already has made us, and sulk at the thought that we ourselves have let our private data roam the cloud space within the easy reach of unknown individuals, teams, corporations, or even governments.
FaceApp may be a harmless, cute little app to spend some entertaining time with, but the future looks bleak with the introduction of newer versions and data-lust future apps.
Imran Abdul Rauf is a Digital Marketing Strategist, employed at CMOLDS, and specializes in content marketing, email marketing campaigns, lead generation, and other aspects of digital marketing. A content enthusiast by the day, and hardcore gamer by night, Imran is also a regular guest contributor at some of the top tech and digital marketing platforms.