Nude: a new age AI app that auto-scans and locks sensitive/private pictures
In today’s electronic age, safe keeping of one’s privacy is indeed a key concern. After all, a breach of privacy is not the price one has to pay for the sake of using technology or the Internet. Isn’t it? Well, keeping expectations aside, and coming back to the practical world, where things don’t really behave as they ought to, privacy hacks are served as a side dish along the main course of Internet-enabled services.
From popular celebrities’ sensitive picture leaks, to an accidental peep into private images while scrolling through the Gallery on a friend’s phone, privacy always stands vulnerable. Same is the thought that brought Jessica Chiu to team up with Y.C. Chen and come up with an application – dubbed Nude – that could not only smartly figure out your sensitive/private/naughty images, but automatically hide them at a secure location as well.
The creators have put machine learning to use, with algorithms designed to actively scan the camera roll for nude images. Once identified, these sensitive images are moved to a PIN-protected vault inside the app. Oh and yes, all this is done automatically, meaning without any human efforts.
Furthermore, the app – which is currently only available on iOS (Android support is in the works) – is also empowered to delete the pictures in question, both from the camera-roll and from iCloud. Of course, this is done after receiving user confirmation, effectively leaving no room for backups to be misused.
And the cherry on top is the ‘Break-in alert’ feature which captures a picture of the intruder (someone who makes a failed attempt to guess the in-app PIN) using the device’s front camera, so that you know who’s trying to trespass your privacy line.
Aside from nudes, the app can also be used for safekeeping of personal/important documents like photos of passport, drivers license, ID’s etc. However, these photos aren’t be auto-scanned, and have to be imported manually.
Before you go ahead and grab the application for your personal usage, keep in mind that despite being thoroughly tested (with nearly 30 million input images), the algorithm which recognizes nudes isn’t perfect yet, and is still being improved. Also, the app isn’t completely free – it would cost you a subscription charge of $1 monthly, and $10 yearly.