This animated Mona Lisa was created by AI, and it’s terrifying

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The enigmatic, painted smile of the “Mona Lisa” is known around the world, but that famous face recently displayed a startling new range of expressions, courtesy of artificial intelligence (AI).

In a video shared to YouTube on May 21, three video clips show disconcerting examples of the Mona Lisa as she moves her lips and turns her head. She was created by a convolutional neural network — a type of AI that processes information much as a human brain does, to analyze and process images.

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The Real Da Vinci Code? Expert Finds Secret Symbols in Mona Lisa’s Eyes

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This is not part of Dan Brown’s novel. Researcher Silvano Vinceti— chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage—has found a secret code in the Mona Lisa by scanning her eyes. A code that could reveal her mysterious identity:

 

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The Secret Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

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Leonard DaVinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa

The secret behind Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has been explained by scientists who believe it changes depending on which part of the eye sees it first.  One of the charms of the world’s most famous painting is that she appears radiant one moment and then serious and sardonic the next.  Now scientists claim to have come up with an answer to her changing moods – our eyes are sending mixed signals to the brain.

 

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MythBusters Paint Mona Lisa with 1,100 Shots from a Paintball Gun

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In a presentation made at Nvidia’s NVISION show this week, Adam and Jamie unveiled a 1100 barrel paintball gun and-in an instant-painted a pretty convincing (if slightly drippy) Mona Lisa. In typical MythBusters fashion, the incredibly elaborate experiment was only tenuously linked to their hypothesis. The presentation was intended to represent the difference in operation between single and multicore processors, referring to current gen CPUs versus GPUs, respectively.

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