AI Turns People Into Anime Characters
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Doesn't they say the same thing about photography when it was emerging? ;)

Agreed. This is just depressing and is a detriment to society. If this keeps advancing at its current rate, good art will be so trivial to generate that it won't be special anymore. Art will slowly morph into a banal distraction, with creating an original piece being as easy as applying an Instagram filter. The role of the human artist will change from a craftsperson to someone who picks a bunch of parameters, gives it to the AI, and chooses the best output. This type of technology is a threat to the very existence of art as a craft, will completely devalue artwork, and will make the journey of training to become an artist obsolete. I hate these researchers for what they're doing to a field that I love.

I disagree. There will always be demand for real artists. Like any other digital software, this is just a tool with the possibility to help artists create compelling worlds faster and add realism that would otherwise have taken days to make using other methods. As a 3D character artist, I would love to use this to create quick backdrops to place my characters in to enhance final renders.

AI Turns People Into Anime Characters
7 June, 2018
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Nijigenka (二次元化) in Japanese or “2D-ification” describes a process of artists turning photos of people into anime characters. It’s time to forget about the traditional approach. You can now use AI for an image-to-image translation! A researcher from Fudan University gave a talk on creating anime characters with artificial intelligence at a recent workshop about deep learning in Tokyo. Researchers have found a way to use deep learning to generate anime versions of real photos. 

Watch the video below to study the team’s results:

The workshop aims at bringing together leading scientists in deep learning and related areas within machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematics, statistics, and neuroscience. No formal submission is required. Speakers are invited to present their recently published work as well as work in progress, and to share their vision and perspectives for the field.

The process is not that easy as anime presents certain standards for characters. The team faced some challenges, so they had to tune their method. Their results are still not perfect, but we expect great things from the team. 

You can find the full paper with a thorough breakdown here
Source: arxiv.org

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