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FaceApp-Like App Helps Abducted Man Reunite With Family After 18 Years!

  • 24 Jul 2019
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There have been privacy concerns raised about Russia made FaceApp- a mobile application which uses articial-intelligence to make its users look younger or older. 

But it looks like good things can come after all, from use of similar technology.

Chinese authorities have used a FaceApp-styled AI to help reunite a 21-year-old Chinese man with his parents, after he was kidnapped from them 18 years ago.

Yu Weifeng went missing in 2001, aged only 3, while playing near a construction site where his father Yu Xingquan, worked as a foreman.

For years that followed, Xingquan and his wife searched for their son high and low in numerous cities, but it proved to be a futile exercise, until police deployed the AI technology.

Based on Weifeng's photograph as a child, the software spent about two months predicting how he would look like as an adult. 

It sorted through 100 likely candidates before singling out Weifeng, who is a student in Guangzhou. 

According to the police, Weifeng initially refused to believe that he was a kidnapped child, but accepted the reality after a DNA test confirmed that he was a match with his biological parents.

Investigations are still undergoing on the kidnapping, but no arrests have been made so far.

Tears flowed freely during the reunion between the long-lost son and his parents, where media was also present. 

Xingquan thanked his son's foster parents for raising him thus far, and pledged that they will be considered family too. 


Source: Metro.co.uk
Photo source: Metro.co.uk