This algorithm can create an imitation Van Gogh in 60 minutes

An algorithm that mimics the styles of some of history’s greatest painters has been developed by researchers in Germany.

The technique is impressive in itself but it’s not simply another case of machines showing how they can out-dazzle humans at their own game. Rather, it’s designed to demonstrate exactly how these types of neural networks can separate an image’s style from its content.

It’s a delicate balancing act to ensure the recreations are successful: too much focus on content and the image looks too bland; too much emphasis on style and the output image is too abstract.

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