AI — learning art fast

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Leonardo da Vinci   Self-portrait 

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Computers Learn Art Appreciation

by: Newswise

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“A new mathematical program developed in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Haifa will enable computers to “know” if the artwork you are looking at is a Leonardo da Vinci original, as the seller claims, or by another less well known artist. ‘The field of computer vision is very complex and multifaceted. We hope that our new development is another step forward in this field,’ said Prof. Daniel Keren who developed the program.

“… the researchers “taught” the computer to identify the artworks of different artists. The computer learned to identify the artists after the program turned the drawings of nature, people, flowers and other scenes to a series of mathematical symbols, sines and cosines. After the computer ‘learns’ some of the works of each artist, the program enables the computer to master the individual style of each artist and to identify the artist when looking at other works – works the computer has never seen. . . . ‘As soon as the computer learns to recognize the clock drawings of Dali, it will recognize his other paintings, even without clocks. As soon as the computer learns to recognize the swirls of Van Gogh, it will recognize them in pictures it has never seen before.’

“This new development is a step forward in the field of computer vision.  . . .”   (full article)

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Newcomb’s commentary: “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” Leonard da Vinci

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