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.
Shutterstock has introduced their new search tool, which helps you narrow down the search results even further. Composition Aware Search lets you search the images by the position of the objects in them. The tool features a canvas on which you place the keywords. Then you can move them around and get the photos that contain specific objects in a specific order.
TechCrunch report that Apple has acquired a small computer vision AI tech startup, Regaind. They say that the report has come from multiple sources, and if true could be very cool for the future of Apple’s mobile photography.
Apple already added an intelligent search to the iPhone Photos app a couple of years ago. It allows you to search for particular things like “tree” or “water”, and will usually give you what you ask for. This acquisition allows Apple to take things to a whole new level, though.
No matter what the platform, the Internet is plagued with a common problem. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or a regular old fashioned forum on the web, trolls are everywhere. They have nothing better to do than try to mess up the day of other people. They’re the largest collective source of negativity on the Internet, and countless hours are wasted every day manually trying to thwart them.
This Wired interview with Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, they think they’ve found an answer. Instagram believes that the future for fighting trolls lays in artificial intelligence. A piece of software designed to detect the troll comments and remove them before they’re ever seen. The goal is to produce a much more pleasant community in which Instagram users can exist and converse.