Your computer thinks you’re hot

250bar_reu.jpgAmit Kagian, a Tel Aviv student, has developed software that can identify facial features that are considered beautiful by most people. I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in Israel, but those guys are coming up with some seriously innovative research, just look at Ariel Shamir’s seam carving image resizing algorithms. Mind-bending stuff. I wish I was that smart!

Amit’s program sounds like a neural network that gets taught using images rated by humans, and then it can identify common facial features that people think are beautiful. Thing is, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so even if it was hopelessly wrong, wouldn’t we just excuse it for having odd tastes?