Artificial intelligence gives Google Street View a professional touch

Google has brought Street View to some extraordinary places across the planet. We can cruise down rural roads and up hiking trails, stroll through village streets and wander down winding mountain paths all from the comfort of our couches. It is educational and entertaining to wander the world with Street View taking in the sights, but what if those sights could be on par with images made by professional photographers? That’s what Google is exploring using artificial intelligence. The technical challenge is especially interesting because there isn’t a right or wrong answer for transforming an image into art. It takes subjectivity, something still being explored in machine learning (ML). Google Research Blog writes, “To explore how ML can learn subjective concepts, we introduce an experimental deep-learning system for artistic content creation. It mimics the workflow of a professional photographer, roaming landscape panoramas from Google Street View and searching for the best composition, then carrying out various postprocessing operations to create an aesthetically pleasing image.” Google’s machine was “taught” what makes a photo beautiful through showing it professional photographs and modifying them with filters that degrade the quality of the images to make them look “bad” — all of which helped…

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