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Facebook Opens Your Eyes: Developers Create New Tool For People With Closed Eyes In Photos


Facebook researchers have developed a brand new tool for those of you who always have your eyes closed in photos.

The new tool uses AI

The tool makes use of AI in order t retouch the eyes and the tool is somehow similar to the way in which Adobe fills over content via the “content-aware fill tool”.

Adobe’s tool takes a guess at an item’s surrounding and fills in what it thinks that should be filled in.

Facebook operates on the same principle but it uses a generative adversarial network (GAN) that teaches two separate machine learning systems.

One of the systems is trained to recognize whether images of the open eyes are real and the other tries to confuse it.

The second system is practically tying to build the most convincing images possible in an effort to fool the former one.

TechCrunch reported that during testing, the results have been more than convincing and testers were fooled more often into believing that the computer-generated eyes were real.

Some of them admitted that they were not sure.

The tool is not perfect yet

For the moment the tool is not flawless and its main issues come with the color matching that’s required to blend skin tones in some photos.

The eyelid, for example, contains hundreds or thousands of colors depending on skin tone, light placement, and a myriad of other factors.

“In testing, people mistook the fake eyes-opened photos for real ones, or said they couldn’t be sure which was which, more than half the time. And unless I knew a photo was definitely tampered with, I probably wouldn’t notice if I was scrolling past it in my newsfeed. Gandhi looks a little weird, though. It still fails in some situations, creating weird artifacts if a person’s eye is partially covered by a lock of hair, or sometimes failing to recreate the color correctly. But those are fixable problems,’ TechCrunch reported.

Either way, the feature is definitely useful.