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Use AI to Convert Ancient Maps Into Satellite-Like Images


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A map created in 1808 which portrays the landscape around what is modern day Recife in Brazil (left); an image (right) generated by artificial intelligence.using AI.

Polytechnic University of Pernambuco researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can transform ancient maps into Google-style satellite images.

Credit: Escola Politcnica da Universidade de Pernambuco, IEEE

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Pernambuco in Brazil developed a machine learning algorithm that can transform ancient maps into Google-style satellite images, which could help determine how land use has changed over time, as well as displaying the social and economic impacts of urbanization.

The researchers used an existing artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Pix2pix, which uses two neural networks—one that creates images based on the input set, and another that determines whether the generated image is fake or not—that ultimately create realistic-looking images based on the historical data.

The researchers said they are working to improve the resolution of the resulting images.

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