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August 19, 2020 10:28 AM   Subscribe

Jomppe Vaarakallio used Gigapixel AI to upscale a photo, whereupon the software added Ryan Gosling’s face to the image.
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posted by BrotherCaine at 10:49 AM on August 19, 2020 [1 favorite]

GigaPixel has been showing up all over my Google ads recently and now this. Trying to generate a lot of press, I wonder if they're looking for another round of funding. I don't know what GigaPixel does but if it is adding information back in, that's computationally expensive. If they're using something like Pix2Pix that's a lot of GPU but they might have a neat trick.

I might play around with some libraries to see if I can get GigaPixel results, but I'm sure given that they're sucking in all that data they're doing it better.
posted by geoff. at 12:18 PM on August 19, 2020

I don't think they're looking for another round of funding. Gigapixel is a Topaz product. I've been using Gigapixel for a year and a half, and I've had their Adjust software since 2012. They also have some other new AI products. Gigapixel works surprisingly well but doesn't work in every circumstance. The AI part is very CPU intensive, and even with a 4.0 ghz i7, 32 gb of RAM and a Fusion drive with a 128gb SSD front end, once I hit the button to resize, it's time to go get up and walk for a couple of minutes or refill coffee or whatnot because it takes over your CPU and RAM resources until it finishes. I've been able to save some older, but valued, low res photos with it, and for work it's been invaluable.
posted by azpenguin at 12:57 PM on August 19, 2020 [2 favorites]

This Ryan Gosling photo has added so much joy to my life. A+
posted by stripesandplaid at 1:11 PM on August 19, 2020 [1 favorite]

[Deckard's apartment, Deckard uses the Esper machine]
Deckard: Enhance 224 to 176. Enhance, stop. Move in, stop. Pull out, track right, stop. Center in, pull back. Stop. Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop. Enhance 34 to 36. Pan right and pull back. Stop. Enhance 34 to 46. Pull back. Wait a minute, go right, stop. Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop. Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there.
Esper Machine: Printing hard copy at 2049x2049 resolution
Audience: I can't wait until we can do this in real life
posted by Sparx at 3:14 PM on August 19, 2020 [1 favorite]

This is a feature, not a bug. I would welcome more random Ryan Goslings in my visual world.
posted by kinnakeet at 9:23 PM on August 19, 2020 [2 favorites]

Stop. Move In. Guess. Track 45 Left. Make shit up. Guess. Move In. Guess some more. Fill in Movie Star Face.

If this is fake, it is a bit on-point to have the star of Blade Runner 2049 appear in an ESPer like software.
posted by benzenedream at 2:17 AM on August 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

This particular error seems very human to me. People are constantly seeing faces where there are none; Ryan Gosling in the architecture is just the AI version of Jesus on toast.

My personal facial recognition software Is also a little wonky so I sympathize.
posted by nat at 3:10 AM on August 20, 2020 [4 favorites]

Too bad Law & Order was cancelled, Ryan Gosling could've found steady work.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:29 AM on August 20, 2020

Artificial Opinion adds information into imagery by essentially extracting from a corpus of imagery that may be structurally similar but for other details, finding details in your source image that could plausibly correlate and then introducing new information.

Sure, we can think of it in Westworld terms: if you can't tell the difference, does it matter? When you're engaging fantasy fuck dolls maybe not, but when you believe you're enhancing something that was actually photographed and believe the machine's opinion as to what ought to appear in the low information spaces, you're not enhancing, you're selecting and believing an opinion.

It works a lot, often indistinguishably. That's sort of the problem is unless the mistake is on this order there's very little incentive to be able to tell the difference.
posted by abulafa at 7:55 AM on August 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

Pareidolia - it's not just for humans anymore.
posted by Naberius at 9:38 AM on August 20, 2020

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