Here’s a great tutorial that uses deep learning to compose one image in the style of another image. If you’ve ever wished that you could paint like Picasso or Van Gogh. then this AI technique is your big chance.

Known as neural style transfer and the technique is outlined in A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style, you can do this today with TensorFlow.

Neural style transfer is an optimization technique used to take two images—a content image and a style reference image (such as an artwork by a famous painter)—and blend them together so the output image looks like the content image, but “painted” in the style of the style reference image.

Which Face Is Real? was developed by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom from the University of Washingtion as part of the Calling Bullshit Project.

It acts as a kind of game that anyone can play. Visitors to the site have a choice of two images, one of which is real and the other of which is a fake generated by StyleGAN.

As to what motivated them, here’s a quote from the article:

Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.

Which Face is Real?

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