Note on artificial intelligence

Surry Wharf Mid-October

One particularly exciting facet of computer science is software that applies artificial intelligence (AI) to digital photography in order to generate a new, unique image that may be artful.

AI software has recently evolved to employe neural networks, emulating the human brain, to analyze two images:  Content Image, the original photo, and a Style Image.  The style image is analysed for its styleelements, such as edges, textures, colors.  The content image is analyzed for its shapes, position in the frame, structure.  The software  transfers certain  style qualities to the content image.

The result is a calculated synthesis that may please, sometimes even delight, but, always surprises.

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