How We Trained an Algorithm to Predict What Makes a Beautiful Photo

Medium, Jun 05, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Is it really much of a leap to imagine evaluating people this way? Ask yourself whether this sounds like exam grading: "it’s extremely difficult and nearly impossible to break down aesthetics as a hard set of rules. Our vocabulary for defining what makes a good photo is very limited." So, what we have here is a tool that evaluates and organizes your photos in order of goodness (sadly, for an Apple environment only, otherwise I'd test it on my Flickr photos). The Medium article itself is a puff piece, but there's a good commentary and discussion by Meri Walker on Facebook. (p.s. why would we need blockchain credentials if we could just assess each person in real time based on their actual work? I ask you!)

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