FACE FIXERS Facebook’s creepy new tool can open your closed eyes in dodgy selfies
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The bot could be unleashed on your group selfies
FACEBOOK has developed a creepy tool that swaps out closed eyes for open ones in your botched photos.
It’s all thanks to the company’s artificial intelligence that’s been taught to recognise faces and create realistic images.
With no shortage of snaps of people blinking on its social network, Facebook set about training the so-called neural network to fix the pics.
The system uses a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) – essentially an AI that can fool itself into thinking its creations are real – to build its eye-opening fakes.
In a GAN, one part of the tech learns to recognise faces (for example) and another part churns out images that, based on communication with the recognition part, gradually get more realistic.
The final results were so accurate that most people couldn’t spot the fake eyes-opened photos from the real ones – or said they weren’t sure which was which – more than half the time.
But Facebook did have to overcome some stumbling blocks en route to the breakthrough.
Chief among them the fact that machines can’t grasp the way our eyes work, not to mention their colour and the colour of the skin around them.
This initially led to eyes-opened photos that simply weren’t convincing enough (as you can tell from the below pics).
They seemed to stitch in the eyes of their subjects without much consistency with the rest of the pic.
To overcome this, Facebook’s researchers integrated “exemplar” data to the process showing the AI photos of the target person with their eyes open.
With this new batch of info, the system learned what eyes should go on the person, including their shape and colour.
As a result, it managed to rid the colour mismatch issues that were hampering the open-eyed fakes.
Though it did flop in some scenarios – for example when a lock of hair was covering someone’s eyes or sometimes failing to recreate eye colour correctly – those are glitches that can be patched.
It’s easy to envision how the tech would fit into Facebook’s main platform.
The company already boasts controversial facial-recognition systems that can recognise your mug and tag you in pics.
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