Artificial intelligence brings Roman emperors back to life

Managed designer Daniel Fushart ( . Daniel Voshart ), a specialist in virtual reality in the film industry, bring life to the Roman emperors through Tleuenhm by using artificial intelligence and software Photoshop.

Machine learning is a unique tool for restoring old photos and videos, so much so that it can even bring ancient statues to life, transforming statues of long-dead Roman emperors into realistic faces you can imagine walking down the street.

Vuchart finished his initial photography of the first 54 Emperors in July, but this week he released updated photos and new posters for sale.

Fuchart said he had originally made 300 posters in his first batch, hoping to sell them within a year, but sold them within three weeks.

His work has spread widely since then, and the designer says: I knew that Roman history was interesting and there is an audience for it, but it was still surprising how quickly this happened to me.

And Fouchart uses a set of different programs and resources to recolor pictures and statues, and the main tool is a program called ( ArtBreeder ), which uses a machine learning method known as (GAN) to deal with portraits and landscapes.

And if you are browsing the ArtBreeder site, you can see a group of faces with different styles, each of which can be modified using keys, such as the screen to find video game characters.

Fouchart fed ArtBreeder portraits of emperors he collected from statues, coins and paintings, then manually modified the images based on historical descriptions, and returned them to the GAN.

“I work with Photoshop, upload the images to (ArtBreeder), edit them, and put them back into Photoshop, then reformat them,” he says. This has resulted in the best quality images that appear convincing in their own right.

And each photo takes a day to design, and the designer says he's sometimes inserted high-resolution images of celebrities into (GAN) to increase realism.

Fouchart says: he was not interested in Roman history before the start of this project, but the digging into the lives of the emperors in order to paint their portraits changed his mind.

His work has won academic praise for giving him new depth and realism by Emperors. Fochart says he speaks to a group of history professors and doctoral students who have provided him with guidance on specific personalities.

"The choice of skin color is one of the areas in which there is a lot of disagreement, especially with emperors, such as (Septimius Severus), who are believed to have had ancestors Phoenicians or perhaps the indigenous people of North Africa."

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