Lensa’s AI can turn you into a superhero, but at what price?

The app has gone viral, as people upload pictures of themselves and receive avatars generated by artificial intelligence in return.

By Shelly BrisbinDecember 8, 2022 1:40 pm,

Lensa is the Internet phenom of the moment. The artificial intelligence-driven app turns selfies you submit into vibrant images. But some are concerned about whether submitting images poses a privacy risk, and whether AI-based art could result in inaccurate or sexualized images. 

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says Lensa can turn you into a renaissance painting or a superhero, but it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into before you upload your face.

Highlights from this segment: 

– After users submit 15-20 selfies, Lensa builds AI-generated avatars, based on the photos.

– Images can look like superheroes, video game characters, Renaissance paintings, and more. 

– Lensa says it does not keep submitted photos after submission. This doesn’t mean there isn’t still some risk in submitting photos.

– Some users report that sexualized images have been produced by the AI, even of children. People of color have seen their faces lightened by the software.

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