Boing Boing: This AI turns your headshot into a portrait painted by a master. “AI Portraits does an amazing job of creating original portraits based on photos of faces.” I tried this with several images. Sometimes it was good and sometimes it was… not kind.
The Verge: Runway ML puts AI tools in the hands of creators everywhere. “Machine learning can be a fantastic tool for creators, but integrating AI into your workflow is a challenge for those who can’t code. A new program called Runway ML aims to make this process easier by providing artists, designers, filmmakers, and others with an ‘app store’ of machine learning applications that can be activated with a few clicks.”
The Next Web: This new photo AI lets you add, delete, and edit objects with one click. “The new tool, GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) Paint Studio, lets you upload a picture and manipulate it without ruining its original details. For instance, if you add a tree or grass to the scene, related objects will be rectified so as to make the resulting image look realistic.” Limited, as you might expect, but fun to play with. An unexpected timesink.
TechSpot: Security researchers fake cancerous nodes in CT scans with machine learning. “We expect that when we have a CT or MRI scan that the results are accurate. After all we are talking about equipment that can cost millions of dollars and radiologists with years of training and sometimes decades of experience. However, hospital security can be lax and researchers have now shown they can fake CT and MRI scans using a generative adversarial network (GAN).”
Engadget: NVIDIA AI turns crude doodles into photorealistic landscapes. “Imagine if you had the power to turn your old-school Microsoft Paint doodles into actual art. Well, NVIDIA’s latest AI-driven software can do just that. The GauGAN image creator, named after the French post-Impressionist painter, uses generative adversarial networks to transform even the crudest of sketches into a photorealistic landscape.” Doesn’t appear to be available online yet.
Okay, I promise I will calm down about these. But this one uses AI to generate CAT PICTURES. Seriously, how can I not? Futurism: A New AI Draws Cats, and They’re Utterly Grotesque. “GANs have been used for much more ambitious projects in the past. Researchers at NVIDIA harnessed the power of the technology to create uncanny faces that are almost completely indistinguishable from the real thing. But that doesn’t mean bored people on the internet shouldn’t be able to take advantage of the open-source technology for a bit of fun — that is, as long as real-world cats stay out of harm’s way.” I tested this. A fraction of the cats look something like real cats. The other ones look like the dreams you have after a meal of spicy meatballs and eggnog.
Fast Company: Can you tell the difference between Rembrandt and an algorithm?. “Very few artists in the history of the world were able to capture people’s nature with the precision, humanity, and humor of Dutch masters like Rembrandt or Hals. Could a machine ever be trained to do the same? That’s the premise of Sergio Albiac’s series, You have learnt nothing. Like the work that came out of the golden age of Dutch painting, these paintings may look like the product of oil, brushes, and fingers. But, like the rest of Albiac’s work, these portraits are actually the result of the artist’s computer code.”