This AI will turn your doodled self-portraits into horrifying nightmares

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“I long for death.”
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Artificial intelligence (AI) may one day be used to do everything from drive your car to help cure diseases.

But for now, it’s being harnessed for some truly bizarre experiments.

The Dutch broadcaster NPO has created an AI system called Pix2Pix that turns line-drawings into realistic pictures of humans. (We heard about it via The Verge.)

Sometimes, they’re impressively realistic. Much more often, they’re totally disturbing.

It’s similar to Edges2Cats, an AI that was trained using thousands of pictures of cats, letting you transform any drawing into a realistic feline creation. But this time round, it was trained using photos of just one person – reporter Lara Rense.

Check out some of Pix2Pix’s unsettling creations below…


First up, here’s how it looks when fed a realistic drawing of Rense. Pretty normal, right?

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But if you try and draw yourself, it quickly devolves into nightmare fuel.

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My colleague Lindsay’s creation had fleshy hair and hairy flesh.

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No matter how simple, or just plain bad, your picture is, the AI will still work its dark magic on it.

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Admittedly, it struggles with whole-body pictures.

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Twitter is going absolutely crazy for Pix2Pix.


And things get really crazy when you start feeding it non-human drawings.


You can play with it for yourself via the link below.

Just click here to use Pix2Pix »