Using Caffe and Tesla K40s, a group of German researchers have created an algorithm that could be the most amazing Instagram filter ever conceived: a convolutional neural network that can convert any photograph into a work of fine art. Last week the researchers released a paper detailing how a computer algorithm could be used to pump out images borrowing the styles of the world’s greatest artists.
The paper includes new images that look remarkably like the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Picasso. All the images were created in about an hour. As the researchers optimize their work, the images should be able to be produced even faster. Something that was rare and difficult could become quick and easy to create.
The findings are the latest out of the red-hot field of deep learning, in which computers identify and classify patterns in huge data sets. The computer’s thought processes are designed to mirror the way the human brain works.