Enhancing your photos through artificial intelligence

Linked and quoted here is a completely incomprehensible (to me, and I'm a physicist with an imaging speciality!) article from Microsoft Research, in which it proposes (and demonstrates) ways of improving old photos using modern AI techniques. It's fascinating stuff and you really only have to look at the pictures, thankfully. Most notably the system involves taking an old photo, cleaning it up, then using a 'reference' image with the colours and textures that you'd like applied to the old original. So you get the authentic/desired look, in full colour if you want, all from a scratched and battered monochrome original from decades ago. Clever stuff. Anyway, I thought it interesting!

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