Re: [OM] AI face recovery from pixelated image

Subject: Re: [OM] AI face recovery from pixelated image
From: Jan Steinman <jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:31:01 -0700
> From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
> This is weird. Highly pixelated face image reproduce 64X resolution.

Yeabut, did you see the other weird stuff in the chum buckets on that site?

"Zombie apocalypse begins? Naked man breaks India’s national virus quarantine 
to viciously kill woman in savage bite attack”

"Evidence of puberty, store of fatty goodness or construct of the patriarchy? 
Scientists probe why men are SO obsessed with breasts”

“For 10 Years This Man Ordered Pizza Every Day When Employees Suddenly Realize 
Something Is Not Right”

I’d say this website is really on to something! Many somethings, in fact!

Seriously, this technique “generates” or “synthesizes” nothing. If you read the 
fine print, it takes a bunch of existing high-res images, down-rezzes them, 
then picks the one that matches the pixellated version best.

I guess it might be useful to law enforcement with a huge database of faces for 
identifying people caught doing bad things (like protesting, or holding up the 
line at Wendy’s, or being black or native) on security cam.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move on now.


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