You might have seen the trend on social media where lots of celebrities and influencers have been posting ‘90s-inspired AI-generated yearbook photos using the Epik AI photo editing app lately. I got curious and wanted to try it myself. Yearbook photos are often looked back at with embarrassment, cringing over the awkward stages of our teenage years. But thanks to artificial intelligence, you have the opportunity for a redo.

The app’s AI Yearbook feature delivers you 60 different images using eight to 12 of your submitted selfies, showcasing different hair styles, outfits and poses. While the app is free to download, it costs between $5.99 to $9.99 (but as of now, it is discounted at $3.99 and $5.99) to access the photos. It’s become the latest AI trend to captivate the internet.

Curly long hair and denim – me in the ’90s…

Once you downloaded the app, you can upload your selfies into the program, select the gender and pay for either «standard» or «express» delivery. Standard wait times are up to 24 hours, while the express option delivers the photos in under two hours. Some are being prompted to try using the app later, due to the high volume of people trying out the feature.

Personally speaking, even that I tried the app myself, AI stuff is getting too crazy for me. I mean people, including me, are paying to train AI with own own pics. If you think about it, there are serious legal and ethical concerns. Especially the younger generations are growing up with a distorted self-image. The app seems preoccupied with giving huge boobs to every woman who uses it. AI is still now perfect. If you look closely at some of the images, you can see that the AI-generated art produces too many fingers or soulless eyes.

Look at the fingers holding the cup or the hands in the pocket below …

«AI Won’t Replace Humans — But Humans With AI Will Replace Humans Without AI, » emphasized Karim Lakhani, a professor at Harvard Business School who specializes in workplace technology and particularly AI.

The dress is not perfectly defined…

Artificial intelligence has been a hot topic in the world of science fiction for decades, and the idea of machines becoming self-aware and taking over the world has been a recurring theme in countless movies. Think about Blade Runner, Matrix or Terminator. Right now, AI can help with a variety of tasks, but it cannot replace human intelligence, creativity, or decision-making abilities. But one day, I am sure it will and then we might be in a scene of Terminator.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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