Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the exciting new filter your Facebook friends will soon ruin

Earlier this week, Facebook power user Mark Zuckerberg posted a video of his dog, Beast, rendered in an impressionistic style. He (the dog, not Zuckerberg) just licks his lips and looks to the side, but the image is still striking: grass drawn in fine lines of pale green and soft yellow, and long, straggly fur, scanning almost as white chalk. A few hours later, Zuckerberg offered a couple of similar renderings of his home computer, and they, too, are cool—particularly if you can set aside for a moment the fact that Zuckerberg owns a dog named Beast.

The visual effect is called “style transfer,” and as detailed in an article on Vice, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the simplest sense, it’s an AI that does exactly what it says, learning the style of one image, then transferring that style to a second image. While …

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