This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Images

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.

Caption: On the left, the original image. Scientists fed the pixelated bird (center) to EnhanceNet. The result, on the right, looks almost indistinguishable from the original.[Source Images: Mehdi S. M. Sajjadi, Bernhard Schölkopf, Michael Hirsch]

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.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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