Remini app shows what your future kids could look like
The Remini app has been trending online, showing couples what their children could look like if they start a family. On the one hand, users believe it encourages them to raise kids, potentially reversing global birth rates. On the other, some fear it could distort the way we view having offspring.
One of the most interesting aspects of AI development is it expands to facets of daily life most don’t consider. After all, did you expect artificial intelligence to change how couples perceive starting families?
Remini encourages us to explore the benefits and risks as AI tools become more ubiquitous. This article will briefly discuss how the Remini app works. Later, I will elaborate on the opinions supporting and rejecting the AI trend.
What are the features of Remini?
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Remini can generate realistic family portraits with virtual children https://t.co/IFssQXYMQE
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) July 13, 2023
Remini seems like every other photo-editing mobile app at first. Its download pages enable users to enhance images by dragging a vertical slider across them.
The slider lets you see how the app has improved your picture. Slowly drag it to the left to see the app smoothening the skin and improving colors.
It works on old, monochrome images, removing the stains and blurs from the passage of time. Also, the app enhances videos, playing the original and revised versions side by side.
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Remini followed the “Barbenheimer” social media trend by offering a Barbie filter. It colors you and your background in bright pink and pastel colors. More importantly, Remini became popular after showing what a couple’s child could look like.
The program uses artificial intelligence to merge their qualities to depict their potential offspring. Some felt excited about this feature, while others feared its potential harm.
Nevertheless, that “baby preview” feature turned it into the Google Play Store’s number one top-grossing photography app at the time of writing. Moreover, it occupies the fifth spot in the Apple App Store’s Photo & Video section.
Why do people love Remini?
We must discuss the global changes in the birth rate and women’s roles to understand Remini’s positive impact. The United Nations sounded the alarm on falling fertility rates worldwide, saying:
“Worldwide, fertility has fallen from an average of 5 births per woman in 1950 to 2.3 births per woman in 2021, an indication of the increasing control that individuals – particularly women – are able to exercise over their reproductive lives. Overall fertility is projected to fall to 2.1 births per woman by 2050.”
Statista says the top five countries with the lowest fertility rates in 2023 are Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. Taiwan tops the list with approximately only 1.09 children per woman.
Women’s increased freedom of choice could be exacerbating this issue. Previously, most societies only allowed women to become child-bearing housewives.
Nowadays, ladies could delay having children to pursue careers. Others may reject having families, while some have kids before getting married.
This freedom allows women to fulfill their lives however they want. On the flip side, it lets more women have no children. Believe it or not, Remini is convincing more females to start families.
Deseret News shared the story of Ziyah Brown, a 35-year-old woman who assumed she wouldn’t have kids. “On Tuesday, those feelings changed when she stumbled across Remini.”
“The app was like a magic mirror showing a future self: a photo of her pregnant, plus a string of group portraits where she has children all bearing a striking family resemblance. Feelings of motherhood rushed over me. I was like, ‘Wow, now I can actually see myself being there at some point,” Brown said.
Why do people fear Remini?
All new technologies spark fear among some, and this AI program is no exception. Emma Waters, Heritage Foundation research associate, said it could distort how people view having offspring.
It could promote the “build-a-baby” experience, using technology to create babies and humans however we see fit. After all, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) lets parents select their upcoming offspring’s characteristics.
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“If kids are no longer something that primarily comes from the union of a husband and a wife but is something we can create and design according to needs or desires you have for the kid, then I think we’re on a very slippery slope where having kids becomes more like ordering a product rather than receiving a gift,” Waters argued.
“All of [a] sudden, the creation of a child isn’t this mysterious gift-like experience for parents to gladly receive the child they are given; instead, parents could be brought into a room and shown a host of options.”
Believe it or not, some people already have this paradigm for starting families. For example, a gay couple in California sued a fertility clinic after it provided a baby girl instead of a boy.
The Remini app allows people to view what they and their partner’s offspring may look like. As a result, it has risen quickly to the top of Google Play and Apple App Store charts.
It inspired many to consider having children despite the global trend of rejecting them. On the other hand, some worry it could spread inappropriate expectations of starting a family.
Nevertheless, artificial intelligence will challenge many of our long-standing beliefs and standards as it becomes more prevalent. Prepare by learning the latest digital trends at Inquirer Tech.