Neural Network to Create Landscapes from Sketches

Nvidia created GauGAN model that uses generative-competitive neural networks to process segmented images and create beautiful landscapes from peoples' sketches
20 March 2019   604

At the GTC 2019 conference, NVIDIA presented a demo version of the GauGAN neural network, which can turn sketchy drawings into photorealistic images.

The GauGAN model, named after the famous artist Paul Gauguin, uses generative-competitive neural networks to process segmented images. The generator creates an image and transfers it to the discriminator trained in real photographs. He in turn pixel-by-pixel tells the generator what to fix and where.

Simply put, the principle of the neural network is similar to the coloring of the coloring, but instead of children's drawings, it produces beautiful landscapes. Its creators emphasize that it does not just glue pieces of images, but generates unique ones, like a real artist.

Among other things, the neural network is able to imitate the styles of various artists and change the times of the day and year in the image. It also generates realistic reflections on water surfaces, such as ponds and rivers.

So far, GauGAN is configured to work with landscapes, but the neural network architecture allows us to train it to create urban images as well. The source text of the report in PDF is available here.

GauGAN can be useful to both architects and city planners, and landscape designers with game developers. An AI that understands what the real world looks like will simplify the implementation of their ideas and help you quickly change them. Soon the neural network will be available on the AI ​​Playground.

Apple to Acquire Drive.ai

Apple's decision came just in time - management of self-driving car startup was going to lay off a lot employees on Friday, 28.06
27 June 2019   462

Apple confirmed to Axios and The Verge that it bought a startup Drive.ai. As you can guess from the name, he developed the system of unmanned vehicle control. In recent times, things have been going badly. The management was going to close the company on Friday and disband the employees.

Drive.ai tested its technology on the redesigned Nissan NV200s - a bright orange car with several LED screens. They displayed messages for passersby and other road users: that the car gives way to a pedestrian, continues to move or turns into a ramp.

According to The Verge, a year ago, Drive.ai was considered one of the most promising startups in its field. It was estimated at 200 million dollars. According to the publications, Apple paid less for a startup.