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Artist uses facial reconstruction AI on Roman emperor busts

A young artist from Tunisia has breathed new life into the dusty, old emperors of Ancient Rome with his life-like computer illustrations of them.

Haround Binous is a student at Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. Using facial recognition technology, Photoshop, and historical references, he’s created true-to-life renderings of every Roman emperor–from Augustus to Valentinian III.

Scroll down for a sample of some of Binous’s work and see even more on Facebook.

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Lucius Verus
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Philip the Arab
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Claudius Gothicus
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Antoninus Pius
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Septimius Severus
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Severus Alexander
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Very clever and creative.  Some are better than others.  The ones that don't quite make the grade in my opinion, are where he has tried to make an image from a fairly primitve scupture.  All plaudits to him though.
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Beach hottie alert! Can we get a life-size, full replica of Haroun?? (And I do mean a FULL replica of everything, wink wink)

On a serious note, these renderings are fantastic. One of the problems of past renderings is that they were too 'perfect'. These have all the imperfections of a human face: the wrinkles, the bristles, the mismatched hair, skin blemishes and discolored skin tones, etc. It's what makes a face unique.

AI is advancing with such rapidity. I was reading a couple of weeks ago about GPT-3, the third generation of OpenAI. It's ability to generate human-ready conversation is spectacular.
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@JoelR Do you mean "wink wink" or "wank wank?"
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@LONDONER can see what you mean... some are definitely better than others but still very impressive! Wink

LOL @JoelR

Yeah, the AI tech is getting pretty amazing! The GPT-3 writing looks really cool! Can see there being some books/novels created entirely by AI in a few years! Smile
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These are really cool. So interesting to see.
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That is awesome. It's great being able to see these figures from history as real people.

Although these busts are definitely generous depictions. Otho in particular was known to be a bit of a chubster. Though by all accounts a great guy and would also have probably been a great emperor if fate hadn't dealt him such a rubbish hand.
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