You can already use technology to put someone else's face on your body, and now you can also steal their dance moves too.
Face-swapping technology has taken the world by storm over the last couple of years. Thankfully, it has mostly been used for entertainment purposes. Using apps to swap your own face with someone else's with amusing results. As the technology has progressed, however, something being referred to as "deepfakes" has come to light. An extremely realistic face swap, if you will, that makes it look like a certain person is someone else entirely.
We won't get into the sinister things that technological advancement has been used for, and rather stick to the next step that it has taken. Now it is not only possible to steal someone's face, but those of us that can't dance can also take their dance moves too. Four researchers from UC Berkley have come up with the system and as you can see in the video below, the results are pretty remarkable.
To make the above video a reality, a few steps need to be taken, as detailed by The Verge. First of all, around 20 minutes of footage of the target is needed. Then comes the source video featuring the dance moves that will be mapped onto the target. The AI turns both subjects into stick figures and then the swap happens, making it look as if the target is the one pulling off the source's dance moves.
This probably all sounds pretty straightforward written down in this fashion but trust us when we tell you it is extremely complex. As with all technology when it is first developed though, it is not perfect. You can probably tell that from the video of it in action. The program isn't great with loose-fitting clothes and it also struggles with more complex movements, hence the not-so-smooth dance moves on some occasions.
Even though the technology is only in its infancy we fully expect it to be made into an app before long. Unfortunately, as mentioned above with the deepfakes situation, it will likely be used for the wrong reasons in the future. Perhaps to make it seem like someone else was doing something that they really weren't. Don't think about that for now, though. Just focus on using it to make others think that you're a mean dancer.