Metaverse is the “cream of the crop” when it comes to AI/tech industry today. Plenty of articles talk about it, describing it as the “parallel world” in the future. As distant as it is, people’s fascination with the “Meta” concept hits a record high when Mark Zuckerberg changed his company’s name from Facebook to Meta. Contrary to the enormous amount of people talking about Metaverse, as well as to the fervent enthusiasm people show for this new concept, few people dig deeper to understand the essence of it and the implications behind it.
I want to take a “deep dive” into the Metaverse with you, but from the perspective of faceswap/deepfake. It may not be your favorite way, but there’s a perfect parallel for me to take advantage of. The relationship between the real world and the Metaverse is very analogous to the comparison & contrast between human faces & swapped/faked faces. Imagine a game where players are at liberty to craft individualized faces based on their real faces. Every player in the game will have his or her idiosyncratic counterpart in the game, with the help of faceswap/deepfake. In this way, it goes beyond the current genre of games by establishing a one-to-one relationship between people and game characters, which are not built-in within the game but crafted in light of players themselves. This game would count as a mini-Metaverse where people’s other-selves are doing things in the virtual world as if it is a parallel world to our real world.
Numerous deepswap products are available online, each with its own unique functions and advantages. Yet if you classify them into several categories, you will see them leading to the same destination. Some people are not satisfied with their faces or bodies in photos, thus apps like FaceApp: Face Editor, PrettyUp – Video Face & Body Editor, as well as web products such as photALL. Mixtiles enable people to turn their selfies into modeling portraits. Some people want to make fun of their friends, and their best pranks would rely on using apps such as Jiggy: Face Swap & Funny GIFs, Reface: funny faces swap videos, together with online websites including Tricky Photoshop and Animakers. Regardless of the purposes behind every single face change, we know people want to achieve something they can’t do in the real world by doing deepswap/faceswap. In this case, Faceswap/deepfake is the channel through which each person goes to his or her ideal world.
Metaverse is that ideal world, and faceswap web tools such as “Deepswap” is your best tunnel to reach your dream destination. Feel free to judge me if you think I just pushed you into my conclusion, but to start in Metaverse, you should consider swapping your face. You may think it’s of little use to change your face in today’s world, yet in 10/20 years, when people around you all swap faces through the VR/AR technologies, the one who doesn’t adhere to the norm would be left behind. Also, very few people utilize products like “Deepswap” to change their faces, thus it’s hard to see the full implications of that virtual world – Metaverse. The interaction among people in swapped faces would be possible only when the vast majority of the population enters the virtual mode by substituting their real faces with swapped ones.
Additionally, to enter the Metaverse, the first thing you need to do is to go through deepfake/faceswap. Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the exciting prospect of the Metaverse where people can own virtual properties, virtual money, virtual relationship, and so on, yet all of these must be founded upon a virtual identity, which is represented as a swapped/changed face. Moreover, to interact with faceswapped people in the VR/AR system, one must wear his or her “mask” in order to be compatible.
On top of the necessities of the faceswap/deepfake that I suggested previously, another implication of deepswap is that it points the direction in which the Metaverse should develop. We are still in the “infant“ stage of Metaverse in that it could take up to 10/20 years before Metaverse is fully set in stone in our daily lives. There are still plenty of uncertainties around the Metaverse, including but not limited to how can people own virtual properties; what would be the legal currencies in the Metaverse, etc. Deepswap at least has solved the most basic, fundamental problem by drawing a point-to-point connection between the real world and the virtual world. Everyone will have his or her counterpart in the Metaverse, and these other selves would become an indispensable part of our daily lives as we move on.
In summary, viewing the Metaverse from the faceswap/deepfake perspective is at once interesting and rewarding. Deepswap sets the stage for the Metaverse, gives people an idea of what’s like living in the VR/AR world, and leads the direction in which the Metaverse will develop.