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Artist uses AI to create realistic-looking portraits of famous figures including Napoleon and Van Gogh

Artist uses AI to create realistic-looking portraits of famous figures including Napoleon and Van Gogh

AN ARTIST has used artificial intelligence to create human-like portraits from statues and paintings of famous faces.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Statue of Liberty or Michelangelo’s David statue would look like as real people then take a look below.

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This is the original French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte painting[/caption]

Here’s what AI thinks it could have looked like in real life
Bas Uterwijk

Dutch artist Bas Uterwijk used AI to create the photo-style portraits.

He focused on well-known figures including Vincent Van Gogh and Napoleon Bonaparte.

The deep learning technology enabled him to take a photo of a statue or a painting and turn it into a more human-like face.

The software uses data points to pick up on facial features and photographic qualities.

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Here’s one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits from 1889[/caption]

Bas Uterwijk

The AI Van Gogh[/caption]

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The Statue of Liberty without AI[/caption]

Bas Uterwijk

The AI portrait of Lady Liberty[/caption]

The AI is called Artbreeder and can also create human-looking images from scratch.

Bas Uterwijk

The right image is the AI version of this portrait of a Fayum Mummy, which dates back to Roman Egypt[/caption]

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Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring painting[/caption]

Bas Uterwijk

The AI ‘human-like’ version[/caption]

Bas Uterwijk

The AI version of Michelangelo’s famous David statue[/caption]

Bas told the Daily Mail: “I try to guide the software to a credible outcome. I think of my work more as artistic interpretations than scientifically or historically accurate.”

The artist added: “I work on many images at the same time, sometimes leaving them for weeks to pick them up later when I have new inspiration or have stumbled on additional source material.”

So far, they’ve worked on 50 to 60 of the AI-generated pictures.

Bas is currently said to be working on a model that could show Anne Frank at an age she never reached.

What is artificial intelligence?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is a type of computer software
  • Typically, a computer will do what you tell it to do
  • But artificial intelligence simulates the human mind, and can make its own deductions, inferences or decisions
  • A simple computer might let you set an alarm to wake you up
  • But an AI system might scan your emails, work out that you’ve got a meeting tomorrow, and then set an alarm and plan a journey for you
  • AI tech is often “trained” – which means it observes something (potentially even a human) then learns about a task over time
  • For instance, an AI system can be fed thousands of photos of human faces, then generate photos of human faces all on its own
  • Some experts have raised concerns that humans will eventually lose control of super-intelligent AI
  • But the tech world is still divided over whether or not AI tech will eventually kill us all in a Terminator-style apocalypse

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