Harry Shum
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Harry Shum: Assisted Artistry

In 2021, I envision that the AI community will create more tools to unleash human creativity. AI will help people across the globe to communicate and express emotions and moods in their own unique ways.
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Examples of Generative Adversarial Networks used for image to illustration translation
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Style and Substance

GANs are adept at mapping the artistic style of one picture onto the subject of another, known as style transfer. However, applied to the fanciful illustrations in children’s books, some GANs prove better at preserving style, others better at preserving subject matter.
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Realistic portraits of historical figures Vincent van Gogh, Napoleon Bonaparte and Queen Elizabeth
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Photos From Before Photos Existed

An artist is using deep learning to create realistic portraits of historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, and England’s first Queen Elizabeth.
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Captures from AI's Got Talent
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AI’s Got Talent

Music that features a “singing” koala bear took the prize in one of Europe’s highest-profile AI competitions yet. A team of Australian programmers, designers, and musicians won the inaugural AI Song Contest with a koala-tinged track called “Beautiful the World.”
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Series of images related to Jukebox, a deep learning system by OpenAI
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Roll Over, Beyoncé

A new generative model croons like Elvis and raps like Eminem. It might even make you think you’re listening to a lost demo by the Beatles. OpenAI released Jukebox, a deep learning system that has generated thousands of songs in styles from country to metal and soul.
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Excerpts from promotional video for music-composing robot named Shimon
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Algorithm and Blues

Bored with your Spotify playlists? Let this robot singer/songwriter take you on a trip “Into Your Mind.” A music-composing, marimba-playing robot named Shimon has learned to write and sing its own lyrics, IEEE Spectrum reports.
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Film from 1911 colored
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History in Hi Res

While deep learning is taking us into the future, it’s also opening windows into the past. A Redditor brought 100-year-old silent film footage of New York City into the 21st century by automatically sharpening the picture, boosting the frame rate, and adding color.
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Excerpt from The Squire, an AI written short film
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Here Be Dragons

AI is contributing to paintings, music, and now a whimsical fantasy video. The Squire is an amateur romp through a snowy realm of knights in armor and damsels in distress. The script was composed by AI Dungeon 2, an interactive text-adventure game based on the GPT-2 language model.
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Screen capture of Cinelytic searching for historical data of Nicole Kidman movies' performance
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Forecasting Blockbusters

Could a black box become Hollywood’s crystal ball?What’s new: Warner Bros. is using an AI-powered tool that predicts a movie’s box-office success, according to Hollywood Reporter.
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Examples of finished virtual pencil sketches (shoe and headshot)
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Unfinished Artwork? No More

Generative networks can embroider sentences into stories and melodies into full-fledged arrangements. A new model does something similar with drawings.
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Booksby.ai book covers created by AI
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Who’s Minding the Store?

Amazon, watch your back. There’s a new player in the book business and, unlike Jeff Bezos, it doesn’t need eight hours of sleep a night. The online bookstore Booksby.ai is run entirely by AI. Neural networks write the books, create the cover art, price the merchandise, even write the reviews.
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Person playing a musical instrument
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Generative Models Rock

AI’s creative potential is becoming established in the visual arts. Now musicians are tapping neural networks for funkier grooves, tastier licks, and novel subject matter.
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