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In case you haven't heard, #ZAO is a Chinese app which completely blew up since Friday. Best application of 'Deepfake'-style AI facial replacement I've ever seen.

Here's an example of me as DiCaprio (generated in under 8 secs from that one photo in the thumbnail) 🤯
It's already under a lot of fire for user privacy protection under their terms and conditions. So consider this my sacrifice to demonstrate so you don't have to give up your portrait identity rights 😅
It’s clear that #ZAO isn’t really going for "accuracy" per se, but rather a "subjective" good looking result. Similar to a beauty cam, it retains facial structure of the original actors, so the cherry picked results more or less always looks good and encourages users to share.
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Okay, we need to have a chat about Roman portraiture. My feed is now full of horrifying #Nero reconstructions and I highly suggest that you don't look directly into his eyes because he might steal your soul. Thanks to @p_historians and @Lindsay_Powell for photos.
First off, what I shall henceforth refer to as The Interpretation, side by side with the marble portrait it was apparently heavily based on. All credit for THAT to Césares de Roma. The bust is in the Capitoline. Nero did not look like this and here's why: #classicstwitter
If you look carefully at the bust, you'll notice some pretty obvious discoloration. That's because EVERYTHING except for the eyes, nose, and fringe of hair along the forehead is a 17th century restoration. IT IS NOT ANCIENT.
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#Rome
The seat of power for the Christianity.
Now let’s see this city in a slightly different light. #Thread
#Rome is a city engineered to display the ruins and destruction of the polytheist Romans and the victory and glory of the Christians.
The stark contrasts are not mere a product of time, they are a statement.
This is the #Pantheon
‘Temple of all Gods’. It predates Christ. The polytheist Romans worshipped Gods of forces of nature here. The central occulus- a hole in the ceiling- is the entry of all forces of nature inside. #Rome
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