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MIT’s Nifty New Editing Tool Can Erase Your Ex From All Your Photos Using AI
By Izza Sofia, 10 Oct 2018
MIT’s Media Lab has created a photo editing tool called ‘Deep Angel’ that can erase people and objects from an image in a jiffy with the help of AI.
Users can upload a photo, define what they wish to be removed, and ‘Deep Angel’ will conveniently execute the task.
The project, fronted by Matt Groh, doubles as an experiment that prompts users to reevaluate what it means to have the power to easily control what can, and cannot, appear in images.
According to its website, “The Deep Angel AI is designed to share Angelus Novus’ message: progress can turn into the unrelenting unfurling of entropy, but it does not have to. Instead, humankind can remove the objects that mediate our relationships, step out of our selfish accumulation driven egos, and peer into the soul.”
“The AI disappears objects from images. Symbolically, it makes material immaterial. By voiding the material, Deep Angel becomes its own dada-like spectacle annihilating any remaining aura left in the photographs it processes.”
Users can try it out by selecting “Erase with AI” before deciding what to remove from the image, such as person, cat, dog, elephant, and many more. In the next column, users choose the source material from either an example, Instagram, or an upload.
‘Deep Angel’ is, however, still in its preliminary stages and does not wipe out the entire subject with an ultra clean finishing. Some images with the deleted subjects might appear warped or distorted. Nevertheless, similar to many other technologies, it will likely improve over time. See examples below.
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[via Fast Company, opening image via Deep Angel]
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