Can machine learning automatically colorize B&W photos?

Let’s say the TRON laser had digitized Ted Turner (film colorization nut in the 80’s) instead of Jeff Bridges. His roving AI might now show up as Ryan Dahl’s automatic colorization process:

The input to the model is the left-side grayscale image. The output is the middle image. The right image is the true color—which the model never gets to see. (These are images are from the validation set.)

Interesting results below.

For a simpler (and freakier) colorization demo, stare at this image for 15 seconds.

[Via Pete Warden]

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