Nvidia's latest AI software turns rough doodles into realistic landscapes


AI is going to be huge for artists, and the latest demonstration comes from Nvidia, which has built prototype software that turns doodles into realistic landscapes. Using a type of AI model known as a generative adversarial network (GAN), the software gives users what Nvidia is calling a "smart paint brush." This means someone can make a very basic outline of a scene (drawing, say, a tree on a hill) before filling in their rough sketch with natural textures like grass, clouds, forests, or rocks. The results are not quite photorealistic, but they're impressive all the same. This software isn't groundbreaking exactly -- researchers have shown off similar tools in the past, including one from Google that turns doodles into clipart -- but it is the most polished demonstration of this concept we've seen to date.

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