The Facebook app will become a lot more artsy as the developers have announced the introduction of new filters which will mimic the painting style of various famous painters.
With the appearance of a number of new, almost instantly famous applications the likes of Prisma which allow the users to transform their photos, Facebook will be joining in the latest trend.
The social media giant company announced this Tuesday that the Facebook smartphone application will be receiving a new update which will allow the user’s access to a variety of photo and video filters.
The new tool will be powered by artificial intelligence (AI), another area of great interest for both the company and the technology domain in general.
The appearance of the filters meant to reproduce the painting style of famous painters or their most popular works goes back to 2015 and a team of German researchers.
Back in August, the team managed to train a computer so as to generate images reminiscent of various painters’ works.
Whilst the initial process took more than an hour, websites and smartphone apps have since then been able to shorten the processing time as the photos are now transformed at a faster speed.
As the popularity and social media utilization of videos has increased, Facebook will now be unleashing the photo manipulation to its billion number of users.
With each filter being named after a specific artwork, and not the artist which created it, Joaquin Candela, the Facebook applied artificial director, believes that they will come to be the biggest source of artistic exposure as based on the service’s huge user numbers.
The artsy filters will be available for use on both photos and videos, for example, whilst using Facebook Live and live streaming a certain moment.
The Facebook team behind the three-months-long project analyzed and performed the needed modification so that the AI-powered technology could be transposed to smartphones from the desktop.
One of the first steps consisted in streamlining the way in which the artsy filters are applied. The image and video processing time was also optimized and shortened after the removal of unnecessary and time-consuming algorithm calculations.
The AI technology was also transformed so as to work on smartphones even when they are not connected to a data source or are in airplane mode. The process previously required high-power computers which only worked in cloud.
As the AI technology used by the artsy filters is expected to work better on newer devices, it was also noted that the application is expected to consume more battery life than the usual Facebook utilization.
The release of the artificial intelligence powered artsy filters will also mark the domain’s big names availability to invest in what could be believed to be a future technology being developed now.
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