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AI Art Critic Can Predict Which Emotions a Painting Will Evoke


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Aspect of The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

An AI art critic can predict the emotions famous paintings will evoke and often explain them as convincingly as a human.

Credit: Google Cultural Institute

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) art critic that can predict emotional reactions to famous paintings and even provide explanations.

The team created a massive dataset of human reactions using a survey of more than 6,000 people who were asked to choose the dominant emotion evoked by 81,000 paintings and write a caption describing their decision.

After being trained with this data, the AI was tasked with predicting emotions for paintings it had never seen before and providing captions.

In a test using human evaluators, captions produced by the AI “passed” as being written by a human 50% of the time.

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