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 really fun. Some of the painting recreations look kinda off, and many felt like “the app did them dirty.” Let’s see what they mean in the hilarious examples of fine art below.
AI Gahuku's renaissance art 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.
Bored Panda contacted Sato, the Japanese man behind the AI artist, to find out how he came up with the idea to turn people into famous paintings.
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 the app and the beautiful paintings it creates to go viral like that. “I’m honestly very surprised that so many people are using it to turn themselves into these oil paintings,” said the app developer. When it comes to the app’s operation method, Sato remains mysterious. “It’s my little secret regarding the database!”
Note: this post originally had 38 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.