Thursday, October 9, 2008

Better Looking Through Technology

Everyone is talking about this article today, so I'll jump on the bandwagon too. Programmers and scientists in Israel have developed a software program, or "beautification engine," that alters facial photographs to rigid standards of beauty. In the article by Sarah Kershaw we learn that "Studies have shown that there is surprising agreement about what makes a face attractive. Symmetry is at the core, along with youthfulness; clarity or smoothness of skin; and vivid color, say, in the eyes and hair. There is little dissent among people of different cultures, ethnicities, races, ages and gender."

In my opinion, only the above transformation was successful. Take a gander at the slideshow and see how you feel. Is beauty quantifiable by algorithm?

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