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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Turning us into Artists with AI

Have long wanted to have a system that would improve our sketching and doodling into art.  Or even just cleanws it up into a clear graphic sketch.  Something I supposedly learned in an early drafting class.  Even remember some things that claimed this, but were never satisfying.  Do need a 'Smart Paintbrush'.  From an unexpected direction for me, NVIDIA.  Maybe not all that I want, but looking forward to a trial.

NVIDIA AI turns crude doodles into photorealistic landscapes
If only it was around in the MS Paint era.      By Saqib Shah, @eightiethmnt in Engadget

Imagine if you had the power to turn your old-school Microsoft Paint doodles into actual art. Well, NVIDIA's latest AI-driven software can do just that. The GauGAN image creator, named after the French post-Impressionist painter, uses generative adversarial networks to transform even the crudest of sketches into a photorealistic landscape. NVIDIA describes the tech behind it, a deep learning AI trained on a million images, as a "smart paintbrush."

The software shows just how far neural networks have come. In the past, apps like Prisma have utilized AI-powered filters to turn your photos into paintings that evoke art masters like Van Gogh or Picasso. Both Facebook and Google also brought the so-called "style transfer" feature to their respective platforms. But NVIDIA's new tool goes one further by creating lifelike pieces from the most basic of outlines (in other words, something from nothing). ... "

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