Anyone can simply upload a selfie to the ‘Selfie 2 Waifu’ website to create their own AI-generated waifu-style anime character in seconds.
The AI leverages the release of the new Tensorflow implementation of unsupervised generative network U-GAT-IT,
For best results, participants are advised to submit a clear passport-style picture with a plain background. Although the site can also generate male anime results, as the name suggests the system generally performs better on female selfies.
“Our model guides the translation to focus on more important regions and ignore minor regions by distinguishing between source and target domains based on the attention map obtained by the auxiliary classifier,” the researchers explain. “These attention maps are embedded into the generator and discriminator to focus on semantically important areas, thus facilitating the shape transformation.”