Finger On The PULSE: Using AI To Turn Blurry Images Into Hi-Res CGI Faces

By Lauren Groff | April 20, 2021

For all the photographers out there who haven’t mastered the art of the steady hand: this one’s for you. Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina have applied an AI-based solution to touching up blurry photographs, creating a program capable of touching up blurry faces into an image sixty times sharper. It’s not going to turn you into an artist, but it could work wonder on your holiday snaps!

The Duke team’s system is called PULSE, standing for Photo Upsampling via Latent Space Exploration. The system creates entirely new high-resolution computer-generated images based on the blurry sample photograph, and then scours then scales the new images down, working backwards to finding the closest matches to the original low-res sample…

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