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A platform that uses AI to find your look alike

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Jun 23, 2022
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A platform that uses artificial intelligence to look for people whose face resemble yours.
  • Find and make friends with people who look like you
  • Have fun
How it works
People who want to use the platform will do the following:
  • Register with their details
  • Upload pictures of their faces from different angles
  • Authorize the app to search for people with similar symmetry
  • If the search is positive, send a message to the person(s) and strike up a friendship
For this AI to work, it will need access to a large database of pictures. While the people who use it will provide some images, it won't be enough. The AI will have to trawl social media sites, especially picture-heavy ones like Instagram and Snapchat.
Obviously, there is the issue of privacy to consider. I believe this can be solved by ensuring the app provides you with no information except when it finds a match.
Once upon a time, someone approached me at an event and talked to me like an old friend. I was puzzled and asked if we had met before. Apparently, they had mistaken me for someone who had attended the event the day before I was there. I have experienced similar scenarios on two or so other occasions.
I sometimes wonder if there are other people in other places, maybe other races, who look like me. If that is the case, I will like to know. I will also like to be their friends and learn about them. Hence, this idea. I think it would be fun, if nothing else.
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Giving access to social media might be unnecessary

Povilas S
Povilas S Jun 25, 2022
I think pictures provided only by the users themselves can be enough. The site could state that by providing more different pictures of themselves the users have a greater chance of finding a closer match or finding more of them. I believe that even from a single picture AI could do a pretty good job at finding look-alikes. This would solve the privacy issue.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
I though of that. However, what if your look alike is not on the site? It can't find a look alike unless it compares your pictures with other people's pictures. That's why I suggested social media.
The combined social media apps provide a large, ready-made database that the AI can search through for similar faces. Much larger than the site can ever provide.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Oguntola Tobi I get it now. I first thought you suggest that only those users who register on the site would link their social media accounts for the algorithm to take pictures from there as well.
Still, for better privacy, social media sites could ask each of their users individually whether they agree to their profile being accessed by the look-alike finding system. I believe at least in the beginning this would be necessary, cause it would be unusual. You can find pictures of almost anyone through google search if you know their name, but not if you don't. You can search for similar images, but I don't think Google would do for finding look-alikes that way.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
I was going to post this idea but after some research, I found there are several such platforms out there. I didn't look hard whether they use AI. I would be surprised if they don't. Surely "Google Arts and Culture app" does.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
Wow! I never knew. I'll definitely try them out and see. Darko Savic
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