Magic Pony’s neural network dreams up new imagery to expand an existing picture

The source image on the left was used to generate the one on the right.

The source image on the left was used to generate the one on the right.

A British startup is using the unique abilities of convolutional neural networks to do a sort of scaled-up version of Adobe’s content-aware fill — but instead of filling in the gaps in a picture, it’s imagining a whole new picture, larger and more detailed than the original. Kind of hard to believe without seeing it, right? That’s why they call their company Magic Pony.

Just emerging from semi-stealth mode (and even then, only barely), Magic Pony Technology’s researchers have trained their system by exposing it to high- and low-resolution versions of images and video, letting it learn the differences between the two. MIT Tech Review was first with the story.

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