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The winners of the first beauty contest judged using AI have been revealed

By midian182 ยท 27 replies
Aug 26, 2016
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  1. The results are in for the first international beauty contest to be judged by an artificial intelligence. Over 600,000 people submitted selfies via an app that were evaluated by a “robot jury,” with five male and five female winners selected from the five age categories.

    Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but the five algorithms used in the Beauty.AI 2.0 contest rate people on different facial elements: the number of wrinkles in relation to their age group, pimples and pigmentation, similarities to models and actors within the same age and ethnic group, facial symmetry, and the difference between perceived age and actual age.

    So, other than teaching robots what many people consider attractive, what are the team of biogerontologists and data scientists hoping to achieve with the experiment?

    “This contest will help build impartial feature-specific and general robots that will help us understand our faces. But my personal dream is to have this contest extended into anti-aging and general healthcare space,” Nastya Georgievskaya, robot tutor at Youth Laboratories, told TechCrunch.

    Not everyone has agreed with the AI’s choice of winners, with one contestant complaining: "What is your 'robot' worth??? One walk through a shopping-mall and I will discover more attractive people vs. that ones 'won' your Beauty Contest."(sic)

    Alex Zhavoronkov, Beauty.ai’s chief science officer, said: "I wouldn't agree with some of the robot judges, but in general it turned out to be good."

    Business Insider reports that RYNKL, the algorithm used to detect wrinkles, can be downloaded as a standalone app and has been licensed to some plastic surgery providers.

    There are already plans for a new Beauty.ai 3.0 contest later this year that will add some new beauty-detecting algorithms. If you’re thinking of sending in a photo, just remember: no beards, hats, make-up, or glasses.

    Here’s a list of all the winners.

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  2. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 554   +453

    As if people aren't judgemental enough as it is these days... now we have AI getting in the act.
  3. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 290   +89

    Surprisingly ... the results are rather mediocre in my humble opinion. Honestly expected more beautiful people among the results. Being 36 average looking male, I would go to date with only 3/5 of 18-29 female results and 1/5 maybe of 30-39 female results ... the rest are just not good enough looking even. Can't judge male results. Very poor AI.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,929   +1,161

    AI emulates 'committee'.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    Well, you know what they say, "a camel is a horse made by a committee".

    On the other hand, it could be that those people are astonishingly beautiful, they just take really lousy pictures.

    Actually, all those "selfies" are taken too close, with too short of a focal length lens. That's what's exaggerating the size of their noses. Basically, the perspective is such that their "noses seem too close", while, "their ears seem too far away".

    Even still, that bunch looks like they were hit with ugly sticks.

    The woman all look like, "two baggers". That's when you have to put a bag on your head, in case hers falls off.

    They could get together and form a dating website. Let's see, what could we call it? I know, the "Sexual Participation & Community Activities Group or, "S. P. C. A.", for short.

    Wut? Did I say something wrong? I suppose that wasn't politically correct?

    The people who staged this farce should get lives, and while they're at it, find something that "AI" is actually good for.
    Athlonite and treetops like this.
  6. LiveResistance

    LiveResistance TS Booster Posts: 85   +65

  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    All three Asian girls were predicted to be 13.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    Well, the Winter Olympics will be coming up. Maybe they could have this AI judge the figure skating

    Only God knows how old it might think some of those girls are...:D
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
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  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,150   +3,574

    A beauty contest judged by AI is about as desirable as a suppository made by a dynamite factory. Might be effective, but do we really want to put that kind of trust in them?????
    Athlonite likes this.
  10. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    Back to the drawing board....
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    Wouldn't that depend on how constipated the human judge was? :confused:
  12. JayT1803

    JayT1803 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +23

    Time to do some adjustments to that AI!
  13. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    Nailed it. all of it.
  14. The 18-29 female bracket was disappointing. Although I half expected it to make a political statement, the winners here are more indicative of a planejane sample set than a true aesthetic gauntlet of genetics and conditioning.

    If you would excuse my sexism, I must say though, that all of the men look the same to me, so I don't understand why they were even included. To differentiate I need a resume.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    It's impossible not to be judgemental while holding a "beauty contest". Programming a computer to do it for you doesn't really change anything. That is other than removing any possible cheating scenarios.
  16. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 554   +453

    I can see this kind of AI being used for more then just beauty contests in the future. I'm sure Theresa may could find an "ugly" use for this.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    Did you ever consider the fact if you can create, "artificial intelligence", it should be even easier to create, "artificial stupidity", and it seems to me, this project has done exactly that.

    The only "Theresa" that springs to mind is, "Mother Theresa", and that piece of sh!t, would have most likely guessed her age at about 35.....:eek:


    Maybe this company ran financials on the entrants, and programmed it to flatter them to the point at which they'd invest....
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  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    OMG lol - So hilarious - lol
  19. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 554   +453

    Theresa may... British prime minister... wants to spy on every one in the uk, ... Like I said, I'm sure she could find a use for this.
  20. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    Britain has a new PM?? Heck, I didn't even know they had an election..I saw this nowhere on the US news. I guess they were too busy trying to get Hillary into the White House.
  21. Photos certainly didn't give the AI much to work with IMHO
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    No, they would have had to give the AI a distortion correction algorithm to compensate for distortion caused by lens focal length. As I said earlier, a focal length as short as that on a camera phones, causes "wide angle distortion". Which amounts to objects very close to the lens to appear larger than they should be, and objects further away to seem smaller than they should. So the noses are "too close", while their ears are, "too far away".

    "Ideal" focal length for portraiture in 35mm camera terms is between 85mm & 105mm. Those camera phones likely have about half that in equivalency terms.

    If they did, nobody's arms would be long enough to take their own picture, and the world would be a much better place for it! Oh sure, call me a dreamer. :D
  23. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 292   +41


    I would be classified as beautiful to AI.

    Android waifu is the future!
  24. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,758   +1,149

    You know, it was a small pool of 6000 people, I never even heard of this before the news.
    That's racist!
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    How in god's name do you draw the conclusion that stating facts have become "racist". (Unless of course you're joking).

    IF the computer can't tell the difference between a 13 YO Asian woman, and a 40 YO Asian woman, THEN in my estimation, it's a lot more salient example of faulty programming. Or, as they said very often in the old days, but don't say nearly enough now, "garbage in, garbage out"!

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