Google’s Art & Culture app has an amusing new feature. If you take a selfie within the app, it finds your look-alike in a work of art. Google compares your face to over 70,000 artworks in their Art Project database and then tries to find your doppelgänger. Sometimes the results are stunningly accurate. But at other times they’re just hilarious.
Although artificial intelligence can be impressive, sometimes we get to witness that it’s not always the case. You may remember that time when the Google Photos app tagged a couple of African Americans as “gorillas.” After an apology and a promise it would fix it, Google indeed “fixed it.” It simply removed the label “gorilla” from its lexicon, along with some other words.
In a recent blog post, Google has introduced their new AI that can judge your photos based on both technical and aesthetic quality. According to Google researchers, the new network “sees” the photos almost like the humans would. With time, it could get even more accurate, and its application could affect image editing processes, judging images in competitions and more.
Artificial intelligence is developing fast and has many possible applications. However, it makes mistakes, and this has proven to be a problem for London’s Metropolitan Police. They use AI to detect incriminating images on seized electronic devices. But, it’s unreliable when it comes to nudity, as it still can’t tell the difference between a nude photo and a photo of a desert.
We’ve seen several uses of AI aimed at improving photos. Whether it’s improving their resolution, or turning selfies into decent portraits, they usually work on a single, existing photo. But a method from NVIDIA generates the photos of people that don’t actually exist. And it’s interesting and kinda creepy at the same time.
Apple’s Photos app is capable of detecting almost 4500 different scenes and objects using image-recognition technology. But recently, a user discovered that the app also knows what a bra looks like. So, it recognizes and tags all your photos in a bra, making them all viewable in one place. Since no AI is perfect, this one isn’t either – some users have reported that the app also placed their nude or even sex photos in the “bra” category.
The scientists of Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new algorithm. It enhances low-res images so that they miraculously become hi-res and sharp. It only needs a single low-resolution input, and it will increase its resolution while retaining the realistic textures and details.
At this year’s Adobe MAX conference, Adobe has introduced some interesting new tech they’re developing. One of them is Adobe Scribbler – software that doesn’t only automatically colorize black and white images, but also adds shades and texture. While other similar programs still need to improve, Adobe Scribbler seems to give pretty amazing results, judging from the preview.
We’ve seen AI used for grouping photos before. A new app named Nude does it too – but it’s focused on the “naughty” photos. If you have any NSFW images on your mobile device, this app promises to automate the process of finding them and hiding them from prying eyes.
According to the description, the app will analyze your camera roll to detect sensitive material. It will then be imported to the app and deleted from your camera roll and iCloud. So, letting an app inspect your private photos, what could possibly go wrong?
If you have a pet (or pets), you know they’re too cute not to take photos of them. All the time. Google now has a new feature you might like: Google Photos is now able to recognize your furry friend among people and other animals in the photos.
From now on, you’ll be able to see photos of cats and dogs grouped alongside people. You can label them by name and search to quickly find the photos of them. You can even search by breed or by emoji to see the cat and dog photos.