PornHub uses computer vision to ID actors, acts in its videos

They say porn adopts new technologies first and PornHub[ NSFW ], a site that is as NSFW as it sounds, is proving that old proverb true. The site- which receives 80 million visitors a day- found that its old, antiquated the methods used in tagging videos by hand was not sufficient.

Rather than hire someone to go through the hundreds of thousands of videos and tag them by hand, the team at PHub hired a robot.

“Ultimately, we want to provide our fans with whatever it is they have a penchant for and our new model will be able to surface more accurate results for them, which will hopefully keep them coming back for more, ” said Corey Price, PHub VP. “It’s all about continuously updating our platform to provide our fans with the most recent in technology to make their experience on our platform as seamless as is practicable. The easier it is to navigate and access what they want, the happier they will be.”

The computer vision system can identify specific performers in scenes and even identifies various positions and … attributes. While it is obviously very difficult to describe the feature set for a family audience, the system can identify individual performers in real period- in the demo here it recognise one performer even from the side- and it can also identify sex acts.

“So far we’ve utilized the model on about 500 k featured videos which includes user submitted and we plan to scan the whole library in the beginning of 2018, ” said Price. “Very shortly, the technology will also be used to detect various sexuality positions / categories and be able to properly tag them as well.”

Facial detection is nothing new, even for mobile devices, but this system goes one step further by categorizing videos and images based on various attributes. This means you’ll be able discovery favourites by name or characteristics, a feat that once necessitate prodigious quantities of data entry. How well does it work?

“It’s quite precise, ” said Price.

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Pornhub now supports interactive toys, proving porn paves the way

Pornhub, an adult content site, has announced compatibility with interactive sex dolls like the Kiiroo Onyx essentially an articulated sex jar and the Fleshlight Launch also essentially an articulated sex jar. Certain pre-coded videos played on Pornhub will send signals to these wireless devices, recreating the action on screen with motors and actuators.

The company says that interactivity is the next step in porn. It was one of the first to bring free VR content to the adult industry.

We expect this to be extremely popular amongst our fans, told Corey Price, VP, Pornhub. Considering the popularity of our VR category, which we launched to immense success last year and currently receives one million plus positions each day, its quite apparent that fans are constantly looking to immerse themselves in the content they are watching. They want to feel as though they are actually there, engaging with the actors as if they were real-life. Our interactive category goes a long way towards providing them with a complete virtual experience.

I previously reviewed and considered the Kiiroo Onyx and detected it fun if a little devoid of content. This move by Pornhub should spike interest in teledildonics in general, a good thing in my book, and dedicates Kiiroo owners much more content to play with. The squad is working on generating interactive content for and with women using similar toys including the Kiiroo Pearl, a vibrator that sends motion signals to an Onyx.

We want to democratize interactive technology/ content, stimulating it readily available for everyone to use and enjoy, told Price.

You can visit the section here[ NSFW SERIOUSLY DO NOT CLICK FROM WORK ] and connect your Kiiroo or Fleshlight Launch for a sexual experience akin to making love to a soft, weird 3D printer. That said, its interesting to see where this is all headed and its nice to see a solution that is free and open to the interactive-loving masses. I, for one, greet our robotic sex jar overlords.

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Forced into porn: Japan moves to stop women being coerced into sex films

Reports of women tricked into X-rated appearances has prompted authorities to confront the booming porn industry

When Kurumin Aroma was approached on Tokyo street four years ago and asked if she was interested in glamour modelling, she spied an opportunity to realise her dream of becoming a Tv celebrity.

The talent scout had a proper business card and spoke very respectfully, so I thought he was someone I could trust, Aroma, who employs an assumed name in public, told the Guardian.

But months later, the 26 -year-old became one of an alarming number of Japanese women who say they have been forced into appearing in pornographic films by unscrupulous, and unregulated, production companies.

Then in her final year at university, Aroma agreed to attend a follow-up interview, where the president of an entertainment production company presented her with a contract that indicated she would be required to remove her clothes for a photo shoot.

That was the first Id heard about nudity, she told. I screamed, but felt under a lot pressure to say yes, so I agreed.

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Kurumin Aroma talks at a public event about her experience of being forced to appear in pornographic films. Photo: Kurumin Aroma

Over the following months, relevant agencies raised the possibility of making a pornographic video, summoning her several times to the firms office for meetings. Faced with repeated demands from as many as eight male staff, she eventually capitulated.

They told me I could stop at any time if I felt uncomfortable or if it hurt. But that wasnt true, she said.

A slew of the report of the working about women being offered modelling contracts, merely to be tricked or coerced into appearing in X-rated cinemas, has finally prompted authorities in Japan to confront the darker side of its multibillion dollar porn industry.

Last year, the government launched its first survey of the industrys recruitment of vulnerable young women and found that 200 among the 20,000 surveyed had signed modelling contracts, with more than 50 afterwards asked to pose nude or have sex on camera.

From January to November 2016, 148 women sought help from Lighthouse, which supports victims of human trafficking, and People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence a dramatic rise from the 83 instances recorded for the whole of 2015 and merely 29 the year before.

In one high-profile example that resulted in the arrests of three talent scout, one girl was forced to appear in more than 100 cinemas after being told her family would be informed if she refused. Some victims say they were forced to have sex without protection, or were gang-raped.

In response, the Intellectual Property Promotion Association, which represents Japans adult film industry, promised to encourage producers to take action to quickly improve the situation and restore the soundness of the entire industry.

It added: The association deeply regrets that we had failed to take initiative( to deal with problem before ). We are very sorry.

Kazuko Ito, a lawyer and general secretary of Human Rights Now, welcomed a recent police crackdown on street touts working for the porn and commercial sexuality industry, but said the industry had to be forced to change its ways.

The incredible thing is that production firms can act with impunity, Ito told. There is no law against coercing women into appearing in porn films, and no government supervising of the industry. But this isnt merely a legal issue, its a violation of human rights.

The Japanese porn industry is worth an estimated 500 billion yen( US $4.4 bn) in annual marketings, with as many as 20,000 titles released every year. About a quarter of all cinemas is directed at older viewers – a reflection of Japans rapidly ageing society.

Typically, women in their late teens and early 20 s, are approached on the street, told they have the seems and charisma to succeed in the mainstream entertainment industry, and are rushed into signing contracts that make oblique references to erotic material, or none at all.

When the women object, producers threaten them with penalties, sometimes running into millions of yen, or say they will tell their parents, friends or former colleagues abut their new career.

In some instances, women who attempt to fled the set of a film are caught, confined to hotel rooms or taken to remote locations where escape is impossible. There is rarely any actual violence, Ito told. But there are lots of other forms of pressure.

Now a YouTube personality with more than 15,000 subscribers, Aroma tells she has never discussed her porn appearances with her parents and has been shunned by furious relatives.

For the whole period I was involved in the porn film industry, my male handlers told me I belonged to them, she told. I had no freedom and nowhere to turn for help. I was trapped.

Aroma succeeded in blocking DVDs sales of her two cinemas, but several clips detected their style online. It was only when she sought Itos help and met other victims that she felt able to speak out about her ordeal.

I was scared about going public, but by then I knew I wasnt alone, she told. I was finally in control, and that was a great source of strength. At the time I felt responsible for what happened to me, so speaking out has helped me to realise that I am not the guilty one.

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