Art is in the AI of the beholder: Making Mona Lisa Move

Art is in the AI of the beholder, so to speak. In a report called “Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life,” Techcrunch describes what’s in a new research paper:

…Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating…. The more data it has, the better, but it can do it with one image — called single-shot learning — and get away with it. That’s what makes it possible to take a picture of Einstein or Marilyn Monroe, or even the Mona Lisa, and make it move and speak like a real person.

This video shows some of the art in action: