Algorithms are used to track your shopping habits and set you up with a compatible date, and now there is a new algorithm that can actually duplicate the world’s most famous artists. Deep learning algorithms take things a step further, and within only a few short years have been applied in a number of cool ways. Google uses deep learning algorithms for image recognition and translation tools, and medical companies are finding ways to use them to detect diseases.
Researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have created a deep learning algorithm capable of duplicating the exact style of artwork from artists like Van Gogh and Picasso.
In the official paper describing their creation the researchers wrote, “The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images. Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality.”
“Our work offers a path forward to an algorithmic under- standing of how humans create and perceive artistic imagery.”
The photograph of apartments overlooking a river in Tubingen, Germany was processed using the researcher’s algorithm to look as though a number of famous artists painted it, based upon J.M. Turner’s “The Wreck of a Transport Ship,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”
A number of other ordinary photos have also been transformed into ‘paintings’ that perfectly duplicate the style of the world’s most famous artists.