By Danilo Vicente*
Many times I have seen attempts to show what La Gioconda would look like today, or Mona Lisa, the woman immortalized in Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting. But this week, the technology company Mathema, from Florence, Italy, the city where the painter lived and worked for most of his life, announced a project that seeks the opposite: converting selfies into self-portraits that simulate the work of Leonardo da Vinci . .
The promise of the so-called “DaVinciFace” is to deliver a version inspired by the master’s art in just two minutes. According to spokesman Massimiliano Bellini, the technology aims to “relive the splendor of the Italian Renaissance”.
All right. The result everyone can judge. It seems to me a technology to “yellow” the photo, still far from what Da Vinci brought with his Sfumato technique, which manages to reproduce human skin with fidelity.
What caught my attention is the attempt by a machine to try to match human expertise in something so abstract.. It’s no longer human-versus-robot chessboard games – which is quite a feat. They are the great works of art of humanity.
Mathema’s artificial intelligence has been trained with works by Da Vinci such as La Belle Ferronnière and, of course, Mona Lisa, plus around “420 million parameters”, according to the company, and then apply the painter’s style to photos.
The system to acquire the “version of Da Vinci” in the selfie fell this week, due to the success of the initiative, says the company.
Mathema points out that while artificial intelligence technology facilitates the process, it is not simple to turn selfies into “artist’s works”. There I agree. We haven’t gotten to the machine yet creating like Da Vinci because it’s really not that simple. Not even most humans could. But that day will come, I believe.
*Danilo Vicente is a partner of Loures Communicação
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