Nude app uses AI to automatically hide your most sensitive images

Brittany A. Roston - Oct 17, 2017
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Nude app uses AI to automatically hide your most sensitive images

It’s a horror story for the modern world: you show someone an image on your phone, only for them to start browsing uninvited. You snatch your phone away, hoping they didn’t stumble across one of the intimate photos that may be residing, fully exposed, on your handset. Artificial intelligence may be the solution to this problem, and it comes in the form of an app called Nude.

The taking and the storing of explicit photos with a phone is tricky — do it wrong and you may end up sharing a photo with someone you didn’t mean to. Casually leaving these images in your phone’s camera roll is a good way for someone else to accidentally see them, and so the popular option has usually been something like a hidden photos app, a password-protected photo vault, or something like Samsung’s secure folder.

A new app called Nude aims to be a better solution than all of the above because it uses artificial intelligence to do most of the work. Machine learning algorithms sort through your phone’s camera roll in search of ones it identifies as nudes. These are automatically grabbed and moved into a private location on the handset, one where snooping kids or a friend without boundaries can’t find them.

The app is only available for iOS at this time, and it will only work on images that have been taken after the app was installed, meaning everything taken before that moment is yours to deal with. The app is supposed to scan while in the background, so any new images taken should be nabbed right away.

Once Nude finds an image containing someone who is nude, it prompts the user to confirm whether the photo should be locked away. If confirmed, the image will be shuttled to a private area where it is secured behind a PIN. The photo is deleted from both the phone’s camera roll and from iCloud, making it more secure but also prone to being lost forever if you misplace the phone.

An Android version is said to be in development, but when it will launch is unclear.

SOURCE: The Verge


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