Facebook’s New AI Effortlessly ‘Opens’ Eyes In Photos Where They’re Shut

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Facebook literally has its eye on you, but it has nothing to do with the privacy debacle that swept the internet by storm earlier this year.

As if facial recognition wasn’t eerie enough, Facebook researchers Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer have published a paper detailing a new machine learning technique that detects unopened eyes in images and applies more photogenic versions over them.

The AI studies photos of blinking subjects, compares them with images of the same people with their eyes opened, and uses “in-painting” to rectify the embarrassing shots.

So far, the tool has been trained to extract the lighting in which photos were taken in, as well as people’s iris colors, skin tones, and eye contours.

When the final results were shown to participants, 54 percent selected the in-painted photos as the originals or weren’t able to tell the difference.

Needless to say, there were a couple of challenges that came the researchers’ way in this experiment. The tool had difficulty recreating eyes from photos where people had glasses on, as well as images where subjects’ hair covered their eyes. Dolhansky and Ferrer are positive these issues can be sorted out, nonetheless.

There is no mention about whether the technique will make its way to Facebook or Instagram, so keep your eyes open for further announcements.

Image via Facebook Research

Image via Facebook Research

[via Fortune, images via Facebook Research]


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