So you saw how you look when you're old. Now is the time for something new, is not it? Explore AI Portraits Ars, a website that transforms your relationships or self portraits into artificial, but realistic (and quite sinister) classic paintings.
The website was built with the help of researchers from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Laboratory. They trained Generation Racing Network (GAN) models of 45,000 portrait images to reproduce human portraits. AI can reproduce images in different styles and abstraction levels. Researchers point out that their AI is not a transfer style.
With AI Portraits Ars anyone can use GAN models to generate a new picture where the face lines are completely processed. The model decides which style to use for the portrait. Face and background details help guide the model to the style.
There is usually a strong color change in the transfer of style, but the characteristics of the photo remain unchanged. AI Portraits Ars creates new forms that not only change the style of an existing photo. "
I played a little with the website. I had some problems because there was a lot of traffic, so there was a lot of "hiccups" when I tried uploading and downloading the images. Still, I managed to test it with a few different pictures and the results went from great to extreme creepy.
This was the first photo I came across, so it was the first one I used to actually actually look like the "classic painting":
Then I used this picture and almost choked with coffee when I saw the result:
Finally, I used this self-portrait inspired by the Black Hole Sun video. Of course, the photo itself is quite ominous, but the resulting "picture" made me want to hide in the basement. By yourself. This is probably what my portrait would look like if I was Dorian Gray:
If you want to test the widget, go to AI Portraits Ars and upload the picture you want to turn into artificial classical painting. Note that the person must be recognizable in the image. I tried uploading a photo with 3D glasses and the other with my face turned away and the software could not find a face. photos are sent to their servers to generate portraits. They note that they will not use data from your photos for any other purpose, and the photos will be deleted immediately after creating the "classic" portraits.
[via The Verge]