US university develops AI technology that sharpens blurry pictures

The results appeared to be in finer detail than ever before

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US university develops AI technology that sharpens blurry pictures. Source: pixabay.com

Duke University researchers have developed an AI tool that can turn blurry photos of people’s faces into computer-generated portraits.

The new solution is able to convert a 16×16-pixel photo to 1024 x 1024 pixels which is 64 times the resolution.

This AI turns blurry pixelated photos into hyperrealistic portraits that look like real people. The system automatically increases any image's resolution up to 64x, ‘imagining’ features such as pores and eyelashes that weren’t there in the first place.

Nevertheless, the system cannot be used to identify people. It won’t turn an out-of-focus, unrecognizable photo from a security camera into a clear image of a real person. Instead, it can generate new faces that don’t exist in reality.

Never have super-resolution images been created at this resolution before with this much detail
Cynthia Rudin, Duke computer scientist 

The system scours AI-generated examples of high-resolution faces looking for ones that look as much as possible like the input image.

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