First International Beauty contest to be judged by Robots

First International Beauty contest to be judged by Robots

First International Beauty contest to be judged by Robots

Written by Staff Writer

03 Jan, 2016 | 5:53 am

People don’t usually give machine intelligence much credence when it comes to judge  beauty.  That may change with the launch of the world’s first international beauty contest judged exclusively by a robot jury.

The contest, which requires participants to take selfies via a special app and submit them to the contest website, is touting new sophisticated facial recognition algorithms that allow machines to judge beauty in new and improved ways.

The contest intends to have robots analyze the many age-related changes on the human face and evaluate the impact on perception of these changes by people of various ages, races, ethnicities and nationalities.

Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov, a consultant on the competition and CEO of Insilco Medicine, a bioinformatics company focusing on aging research, stated that according to recent advances in Deep Learning have made machine recognition of beauty aspects far better than ever before.

Machine intelligence capabilities have been steadily growing in sophistication every year. Some experts say Moore’s Law — where a microchip doubles in computing power about every 24 months — may not hold up as well as it has in the last two decades.

However, even if Moore’s Law fails in the future, new methods of computing, like quantum computing, may again set the industry on breakneck development speeds.

Despite the competition featuring the next generation of machine recognition, the beauty contest does not allow participants to use make-up, have beards or wear hats in their submitted selfies.

Maybe in a few years, that will be worked out, so machines will be able to understand more than skin-deep beauty, but also human’s love of endless and often artistic material accessories, like earings, fancy dresses and even tattoos.

Eventually, through this technology, machines may even learn to judge another machine’s appearance, opening up the possible world of robot attraction and love.


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