What is Prisma, the stunning photo app that conquered Instagram?

This is part of an occasional series in which we explain Internet things. We like to call it memesplaining; you might call it meme-ruining. Regardless, if you just chanced upon an image macro, hashtag, app or GIF you don’t understand, we have the answers — insofar as answers can be had. The meme: Prisma  What it is Prisma is a phenomenally popular photo app that convincingly redraws your smartphone photos in the style of 33 famous artists. Notice I didn’t say photo-editing app — Prisma doesn’t technically edit your photos, which is what makes it so fantastic. Unlike Instagram, which just tweaks an existing photo, Prisma uses an AI technique called neural network processing to generate an entirely new image based on the one you give it. It detects patterns in your photo, and…


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