These new personal stylists are half bot, half human

The Independent - Tech

Can't decide what to wear? Uniqlo, the Japanese fast fashion chain, has a solution: a chatbot that gives clothing recommendations based on human input, as well as your purchasing history โ€“ and your horoscope. The technology, which has been years in the making, is just one example of the extremes that retailers are going to as they try to build computer algorithms that can intuit the intangibles of fashion. "Instead of making something that's purely mechanical โ€“ you bought this last month, so you might like this โ€“ we're infusing humanity into the process," said Rei Inamoto, founder of Inamoto & Co, the New York-based firm behind Uniqlo's technology. "When somebody asks, 'What should I wear?' they're looking for a personalised answer."


Meet the personal stylists who are training bots to be personal stylists

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Can't decide what to wear? Uniqlo, the Japanese fast-fashion chain, has a solution: A chatbot that gives clothing recommendations based on human input, as well as your purchasing history and . . . The technology, which has been years in the making, is just one example of the extremes that retailers are going to as they try to build computer algorithms that can intuit the intangibles of fashion. "Instead of making something that's purely mechanical - you bought this last month, so you might like this - we're infusing humanity into the process," said Rei Inamoto, founder of Inamoto & Co., the New York-based firm behind Uniqlo's technology. "When somebody asks, 'What should I wear?' they're looking for a personalized answer."


Can tech make it easier to buy the right clothes?

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Does this outfit make me look fat? Is it inappropriate for work? Is it something someone half may age would wear? Should I just give up and stay in bed forever? It's then we need help and advice from people we trust.


The Age Of Algorithmic Fashion Styles And AI Fashion

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Well, time to ask Google Style AI to match your outfit. For a long time, fashion startups and retailers have had their sights set on making fashion apparel recognisable and searchable by AI's image recognition. The idea behind was always to snap a picture of someone walking down the street wearing a super dress, then, a few seconds later have Google telling you about the brand, model, style, material price and where to buy it from. After years of research, development, investments, startups and technology organisations mixing in, finally, Google launched its version of the AI fashion recognition innovation. Starting with buildings and works of art, 'Lens' was introduced by Google in May 2017 as a new way for its users to obtain relevant information about the world around them via photo.


Artificial Intelligence Software Outperforms Human Stylists at Fashion Week

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Between the notion of clothing for clothing's sake and seasonal fashion exists style. A subjective and at times anxiety-inducing concept, style defines what your outfit and how it was'put together' says about you. Whether you prefer to put your own outfits together or be told what'looks good/is right for you' by a personal stylist, style is a language all of its own. Artificial Intelligence is emerging as a powerful tool in fashion retail to shape personalized product suggestions and refine the way customers are targeted to drive purchasing. 'Style' has largely sat outside of this data remit, perhaps hampered by attitudes towards AI that place it as a tool for emotionless decision-making, rather than a tool that can decode something as ephemeral and nuanced as style.