Speaking to The Verge, Mega Cams denied that the tool was creepy or harmful."People are watching their girl next door all the time," said a spokesperson for the site who gave their name as Eddy L.(You can read Lomas' story here and see the not-so-similar-looking performers that were matched with her photograph.) This is most likely to be a reflection of the limited pool of webcam models using Mega Cams.At the time of writing we weren't able to test the tool for ourselves as there's currently a waitlist of nearly 10,000 photographs to be processed.Microsoft offers a number of machine learning tools as part of its Cognitive Services API scheme, letting developers access features such as natural language processing in the cloud.Many of these services are free for limited use, with costs scaling with demand.But even if Mega Cams' tool is inaccurate, the increasing capacity of computers to process human likenesses as digital information is only going such instances more common.
"If they don't use this tool they click and click forever until they find the doppelgänger in porn.
We just give them the tools right now to make that search easier." Eddy L added that there are already communities on sites like Reddit that are dedicated to finding lookalike porn stars and webcam performers based on users' photographs.
"This way it feels like you are having live sex with the person in your picture," promises the Belgian company behind the site.
Mega Cams isn't disclosing where the facial recognition tech is coming from (to be expected considering the purpose it's being put to), but Tech Crunch reports that the API is actually Microsoft's.
In the case of Microsoft's facial recognition tool, Face API, the company offers developers 30,000 free uses each month, with each 1,000 uses after costing .50 a batch.Tech Crunch's Natasha Lomas notes that despite Mega Cams' promise to deliver "doppelgängers," the actual results produced by the tool are not that accurate.