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Facebook is finding ways to open your eyes in your blinking selfies

Facebook researchers are finally finding ways to fix accidental blinking photos of users through artificial intelligence (AI).

As reported by, Facebook researchers Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer published a paper outlining a a machine-learning technique that can open blinked eyes when a photo was taken using generative adversarial networks (GANs).

In their paper titled “Eye In-Painting with Exemplar Generative Adversarial Networks,” the researchers explained how “exemplar GANs” (ExGANs) are used to paint on eyes of a subject based on the person’s photos with their eyes open. The network “trains” on the photos in order to re-create realistic-looking eyes to in-paint on the picture.

Dolhansky and Ferrer stated: “We show that ExGANs can produce photo-realistic personalized in-painting results that are both perceptually and semantically plausible by applying them to the task of closed-to-open eye in-painting in natural pictures.”

The results however are more effective with straight on shots. The system also still struggles with some photo aspects such as eyeglasses, profile or semi-profile shots, and long fringes.

The system is still in the research phase and Facebook has not released a marketing plan for it yet.

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