We all have a lot of time on our hands right now. This quarantined freedom—and what a paradox it is!—is making us bored, idle, and ready to try out virtually anything. The most random things, that is, like turning yourself into the Mona Lisa. We’ve got you covered.

A Japanese full-stack developer named Sato, aka AI Gahuku, has come up with the AI app that turns your picture into a Renaissance painting. It caused a full-on craze on social media with everyone excited to see the results. And that’s where it gets real fun. Some of the remakes look kinda off, and many felt like “the app did them dirty.” Let’s see what they mean in the hilarious examples below.

More info: Twitter | Patreon | Ai-art.tokyo

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Nawal Wali
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1 year ago

blobfish who?

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Guinny
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1 year ago

Pretty!

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Nawal Wali
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1 year ago

excuse me ma'am but I think your glasses are melting

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AI Gahuku's app proved to be an instant hit among social media. But someone pointed out that it’s more flawed than one would expect. In some cases, the tool showed a racial bias by lightening the skin tone from an original selfie. It’s been speculated that it has to do with the way AI functions.

It’s known that AI algorithms are taught by raw data and human programming. The more data AI gathers from its users, the more it can teach itself. And sometimes that’s where it goes wrong. Some time ago, Microsoft developed an AI chatbot, Tay, that was programmed to talk just like a teen.

But soon after Tay was launched, people started tweeting misogynistic and racist remarks and the parrot-like robot was repeating everything in no time. After the chatbot made 96K nasty utterances, Microsoft canceled the experiment.

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1 year ago

Most of them are just funny, but this one legit looks like a renaissance painting.

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ZombieGirl
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1 year ago

That's a really cool picture though

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Guinny
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1 year ago

this one worked well she looks great

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Bored Panda contacted Sato, the Japanese man behind the AI artist, to find out how he came up with the idea.

It turns out, Sato is no rookie when it comes to programming. He mainly develops web apps from scratch in his spare time. The AI artist app was born out of Sato’s desire to entertain people. “So, I decided to utilize my programming skills to create the app.”

But Sato never expected it to go viral like that. “I’m honestly very surprised that so many people are using it,” said the app developer. When it comes to the app’s operation method, Sato remains mysterious. “It’s my little secret regarding the database!”

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago (edited)

Which one is done with the app? Left or right picture? (or Both) ;-)

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

even better!

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Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Good one.

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Martin Řezáč
Community Member
1 year ago

thats one nasty renaissance herpes she got

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

yes it is

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks good

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

It mistook others faces and arms for yours ears.

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

blue eyes blond hair no beard like who's this?

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Mike Rodrick
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1 year ago

Yeesh!

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LittleMissPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually really like this one

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1 year ago

Considering you cranked the skin-smoothing filter to 11 in the first pic, I'm not sure which one truly looks more like you.

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Can I just say that I hate the fact that it is not keeping all skin tones? I wish it would, Because she is beautiful with her skin.

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1 year ago

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No you just recreated a renaissance painting of Zooey Deschanel after she packed on a few during her quarantine.

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1 year ago

At least it kept your race though.

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George the gorilla
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1 year ago

That’s super accurate

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

she looks smug AF

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

Froze for a second and then looked at the profile picture. It's pretty accurate, and looks great!

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kitty_player 03
Community Member
1 year ago

Well he took the picture using a mirror with his eyes closed plus the light from the camera.....so the AI probably had a hard time, just saying :p

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REDNEKNATION
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1 year ago

whats the difference?

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Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn't look bad to me!

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BiEL Sampaio
Community Member
1 year ago

Face position seems to play a big role on these paintings, probably because most paintings don't have extreme angles the way pictures have nowadays.

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Invisible User
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1 year ago

Looks like the unabomber

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Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
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1 year ago

You lost an eye.

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1 year ago

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So you saw an app were almost everybody comes out with the exact same skin and hair colours no matter what the original photo had and you're surprised? Methinks you are feigning outrage.

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