NVIDIA researchers continue to explore the possibilities of artificial intelligence, and their latest project bridges photography and machine learning into an app, called GANimal. Simply put, it can instantly transform your pet into completely different animals. The team defined new AI techniques that give computers enough data to see a picture of one animal and recreate its expression and pose on the face of any other creature. Read more for a video and additional information.
The app is powered by generative adversarial networks (GANs), which multiple neural networks compete against another. In other words, when given a training set, this technique learns to generate new data with the same statistics as the training set. For example, a GAN trained on animals can generate new photographs that look at least superficially authentic to human observers, having many photo-realistic characteristics.
Imagine your Labrador’s smile on a lion or your feline’s finicky smirk on a tiger. Such a leap is easy for humans to perform, with our memories full of images. But the same task has been a tough challenge for computers — until the GANimal. Input an image of your dog or cat and see its expression and pose reflected on dozens of breeds and species from an African hunting dog and Egyptian cat to a Shih-Tzu, snow leopard or sloth bear, said NVIDIA.