What AI Thinks Human Nudes Look Like Might Unsettle Yet Fascinate You
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Apr 2018
Image by Robbie Barrat and featured with permission
Robbie Barrat, a young artificial intelligence researcher and intern at NVIDIA, pondered what would happen if he fed nudes to a machine.
He thus uploaded thousands of nude portraits to a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) and watched as it rendered its own interpretations of naked human artworks.
The end results are awe-inspiring, albeit a tad disturbing. As CNET’s Bonnie Burton aptly describes, the melty silhouettes resemble a fusion of paintings by Salvador Dali and Picasso.
“Usually the machine just paints people as blobs of flesh with tendrils and limbs randomly growing out,” Barrat tweets. “I think it’s really surreal.”
“I wonder if that’s how machines see us,” he wonders.
View some “nudes” below and follow Barrat on Twitter to see more artistic results of his AI projects, which include scenic landscape “paintings.”
Here are some AI generated nude portraits I've been working on🍑— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018
Usually the machine just paints people as blobs of flesh with tendrils and limbs randomly growing out - I think it's really surreal. I wonder if that's how machines see us... pic.twitter.com/tYgzCHGfse
Pulsating AI generated nude portrait 💓 pic.twitter.com/PrnNSi53jb— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 29, 2018
The same woman in two different poses. pic.twitter.com/H1D2zsZqfE— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018
Some more nude portraits where the subjects are standing up straight and not total blobs. pic.twitter.com/bGYOO01hGn— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018
the AI *always* paints heads and faces the same way; with this weird yellow/purple texture. Have no idea why, but I like it. pic.twitter.com/aq8W6GEZUC— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018
things are getting a bit heated 😓 pic.twitter.com/UDJIowfcS1— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018
[via Fast Company, images by Robbie Barrat and featured with permission]
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