Remember all the times you snickered when some TV character zoomed in on a photo and said “Enhance!” turning a blurred mess into a highly detailed, razor-sharp image? Now there’s a system–an artificial intelligence-powered image-scaling program called EnhanceNet–that will make that film trope impossible to laugh at, because it’s now a technological reality.
Just look at the images above. They’re not fake. EnhanceNet can take a grossly pixelated, low-resolution photo of a bird and turn it into a crystal-clear image. It even reproduces the camera’s depth of field from the original photo, as you can see in the foreground tree branches.