May 5, 2008

Beauty is in the eye of the AI

"beauty is in the eye of the beholder", this saying never emphasized that the beholder must be a human. This means that also machines can recognize beauty just like humans do...
A study conducted at Tel Aviv University that tries to improve their technology that can determine a man and a woman, now, with a more deeper dimension. They want to establish an Artificial Intelligence which can identify beauty of a certain man or a woman.
This AI makes a aesthetic judgment on how beautiful is the subject. In the first step of the study, 30 men and women were presented with 100 different faces of Caucasian women, roughly of the same age, and were asked to judge the beauty of each face. The subjects rated the images on a scale of 1 through 7 and did not explain why they chose certain scores. The researchers mapped and scale the faces that they gathered in the computer to help the AI to recognize faces.
At their surprise, the judgment made by the AI is almost similar to those humans who also ranked the faces from the worst beautiful to the most beautiful. Human can the judge the level of beauty of a fellow human which is in fact, they did not know how they arrived at these conclusions. But this AI program is more of a logical than human, they are actually converting images to 1 and 0 to make necessary judgment of the subject. If this project will be complete, will it be the basis to make a new Ms.Universe or something???