The New AI of Nvidia Converts Sketches Into Photo-realistic Landscapes

Nvidia presented an artificial intelligence (AI) thattakes the processing of images to a really surprising level. Do you rememberthe scribbles you used to do in Paint for fun? The software, named GauGAN, iscapable of converting those simple drawings into authentic photo-realisticlandscapes. It is important to mention that it is still a prototype, so theyhave a margin to improve their performance.

The California-based company uses the generative adversarial network (GAN) to offer a “smart” brush.It is possible, for example, to draw a tree on a hill and the AI will beresponsible for providing the appropriate textures. In the following video youcan see in detail the operation of the application.

Nvidia's GauGan software turns sketches into paintings

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The company's engineers made use of a million Flickrimages – with a Creative Commons license – to train the neural network.Artificial intelligence analyzes the elements that appear in photographs andcompares them with real-life objects.

Of course, GauGAN requires high-performance hardwareto give instant results. They use the Titan RTX GPU, one of the highestperformance graphics cards on the market; its price is $2,499. Nvidia mentionsthat its software can work with almost any existing GPU, however, the time togenerate the landscapes will depend on the power of the computer.

Once they have made the necessary improvements,GauGAN’s technology can be applied in the development of video games to create”more immersive environments”.

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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