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This hilarious AI makes it look like you can pop and lock

Can’t dance? A new AI can give you any move you can imagine.

This hilarious AI makes it look like you can pop and lock
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For most people, there comes a point in life where they realize they will never be a millionaire, they will never dunk, they will never write that novel, and they will never dance like Channing Tatum.

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But at least in the last case, times are changing. A team of UC Berkeley students has developed an AI that can analyze a video of a professional dancer, then apply their moves to your body. That’s right. The #dadbod #dancesquad is coming for YouTube in a major way.

[Image: Caroline Chan/Shiry Ginosar/Tinghui Zhou/Alexei A. Efros]

The paper, which is a perfectly named Everybody Dance Now, describes using deep learning models to train an AI to analyze a source dancer, extract a wireframe of their movements, and then apply that wireframe to a new body using all sorts of deepfake-like video manipulation. The research project’s example video, which seems to feature the research team’s own staff suddenly busting a groove, is already one of the must-see memes of 2018. Savor it.

About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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