Selfies are the single most common type of photograph out in the world right now but they’re also one of the most boring.
If you’ve been looking for a way to change up your selfie game, or you just wanted to give your Facebook profile pic a bit of artistic flair, there’s a website out there that uses artificial intelligence to transform your pedestrian selfie into a work of dour art. Also, it promises not to “steal” your data like some of the other selfie apps out there are accused of doing.
AIPortraits.com comes from the folks over at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and uses an algorithm that has studied some 45,000 classical portraits to insure that it gives your selfie that extra touch of authenticity. You can select an artistic style, such as Titian or Rembrandt according to The Verge, as well as what medium, such as oil or watercolor.
And just in case you were wondering whether this was some cheesy recoat of a photograph with some kind of “effect,” you can set those complaints aside. The AI uses a generative adversarial network (GAN) that ends up changing your selfie to suit the style chosen which means that it creates its own portrait features. It’s half reality, half smoke and mirrors. As The Verge points out, trying out different selfies should result in completely different looking works because of this feature. You might not even recognize yourself.
If you’d like to have a selfie picture that looks like it came out of The Picture of Dorian Gray, head on over to AIPortraits.com and try it out.
As always, we’d love to know your thoughts on this website. Did you try it out? What did you think of the results? Leave your responses in the comments below.
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