Forget Skynet, Artificial Intelligence is now judging beauty contests

Beauty contests are slightly computational to begin with. While the notion of beauty is of something ephemeral and unquantifiable, a beauty pageant asks that we categorize and rank it: determining rules that let us objectively measure an idea which must be, at its root, mysterious and subjective.No surprise, then, that here in 2016 we have just witnessed the first beauty contest judged by AI, as a jury of decidedly non-human bots picked out what they considered to be the best-looking people from a dataset of 6,000 entries. “New tools like machine learning let us analyze images in a way that was never available to us before,” Anastasia Georgievskaya, co-founder and research scientist at Youth Laboratories, the company behind Beauty.AI, told Digital Trends. “Our goal was to investigate methods that would show new approaches…


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