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New Tech Can Recreate Blurry Photos

Researchers from Duke University have developed an AI tool that can create realistic images from blurry images, which is kinda cool but creepy at the same time.

Previous methods can scale an image of a face up to eight times its original resolution. But the Duke team has come up with a way to take a handful of pixels and create realistic-looking faces with up to 64 times the resolution, 'imagining' features such as fine lines, eyelashes and stubble that weren't there in the first place.

While this may not be used to identify people, the researchers say that this method, called PULSE, could be used to create realistic faces that don’t exist in real life.

The system can convert a 16x16-pixel image of a face to 1024 x 1024 pixels in a few seconds, adding more than a million pixels, akin to HD resolution. Details such as pores, wrinkles, and wisps of hair that are imperceptible in the low-res photos become crisp and clear in the computer-generated versions.

We’ve really come far in artificial intelligence.

More details about this one over at TechXplore.

What are your thoughts about this one?

(Image Credit: Duke University/ TechXplore)


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...'imagining' features such as fine lines, eyelashes and stubble that weren't there in the first place.

Sounds like the word should be "fabricate."
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In this context "recreate" is an awkward term to use in the title - implies "reproduce". Consider switch to "repair" or similar. Delete this comment from a grammar nazi after reading. :-)
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