Pinscreen, Inc.

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Pinscreen, Inc.
IndustryComputer vision and artificial intelligence
FoundedNovember 1, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-11-01) in Los Angeles, USA
FounderHao Li
Headquarters11766 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1150,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
United States
Key people
Hao Li (CEO)
Frances Chen (CFO)
Cosimo We (VP of Engineering)
Jaewoo Seo (Director of R&D)
ProductsPinscreen App
Avatar SDK
Face Tracker

Pinscreen, Inc. is an American technology company based in Los Angeles, California, and founded by USC professor, Hao Li on September 18, 2015. Pinscreen is a software provider for AI-driven digital humans for virtual assistants, e-commerce, and entertainment. The company employs a number of well-known computer graphics researchers[1], and actively publishes at top scientific venues. Most notably, it developed the first technology that can generate photorealistic virtual humans, including hair, from a single input photograph. Its deep learning-based technology for photo-realistic face synthesis was developed around the same time when deepfakes emerged in 2017, but is real-time and even more accessible since only one picture is needed. Pinscreen received wide media coverage[2][3][4], due to the potential misuse of such technology if applied to face manipulations in videos. The company has been active in raising public awareness[5] about the danger of deepfake-related technologies, and presented at events such as the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos to highlight state-of-the-art video manipulation capabilities[6].

External Links


  1. "Pinscreen launches with high-tech distractions for a nerve-wracking election". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  2. "Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing". Los Angeles Times. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  3. April 17, Carter Evans CBS News; 2018; Pm, 6:44. "Spotting fake news in a world with manipulated video". Retrieved 2020-01-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. Knight, Will. "The world's top deepfake artist is wrestling with the monster he created". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  5. "Deepfakes: Do Not Believe What You See". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  6. Thomas, Daniel (2020-01-23). "Deepfakes: A threat to democracy or a bit of fun?". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-01-27.

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