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Russian ML/face recognition startup develops algorithm + releases it in low-key beta test until it’s reliable, then ramps of marketing for exposure and suddenly gets an influx of billions of pictures, in exchange for a few pictures after having run them through an their second software package, an age simulator.

They then proceed to sell said algorithm (and the tech behind the aging/de-aging app) to interested parties (ie law enforcement, state actors etc) all over the world.

The end.

@moritzheiber This is the digital economy.

1. Build something of minimum value but easy to grasp
2. Virally grab users by the millions with whatever cheap trick you can think of
3. Sell everything to a giant web corp.

@judeswae yeah, I just meant to put an emphasis on this narrative, because everyone’s going crazy over what the app does, yet nobody wonders how it’s sustainable..

And now people are crying foul over their privacy policy.. which is warranted, yet.. what were you thinking this was going to be like in the first place? 🤔

@moritzheiber Yes. It's an eternal September. People of the internet don't learn, or don't care. This colonialist approach of capturing value from free work at the expense of the abused is the model since the Internet became a commercial place. I'm still mad at IMDB for what they did. Now, on top of this, we're in a surveillance economy instead of a knowledge one.

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