Yandex taught “Alice” to turn people into elves and orcs

Yandex taught “Alice” to turn people into elves and orcs

The Yandex team announced the launch of a new branded digital assistant skill. Now “Alice” can change the appearance of people in photos.

“Alice” can age the user in the photo or, conversely, rejuvenate, change sex, turn into an anime hero, elf, orc or vampire. To do this, you need to give the command: “Alice, change me” or “Alice, turn me into an elf” and provide a photo so that the face is clearly visible on it.

A neural network model is responsible for transforming photos, which receives a snapshot at the input, and outputs a modified version of it at the output. The model was “trained” on artificial faces generated using a neural network with the StyleGAN2 architecture developed by Nvidia.

Alice is available in the Yandex application and in the Yandex Browser for iOS and Android. The voice assistant has many functions related to photo processing. For example, “Alice” can recognize text in a photo, translate it into another language, or tell what kind of object is shown in the photo.

Yandex taught “Alice” to turn people into elves and orcs

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