For the selfie gurus and the picture takers, I am sure most of you are familiar with the noise that distorts your pictures with colored specks, especially when taking pictures after sundown. It is now possible to fix these images to some extent with software. Thanks to the team at Nvidia, MIT, and the Aalto University, an AI has been developed to help in cleaning up noisy photos.

Nvidia and MIT’s AI can clean up your noisy photos

The Noise2Noise AI was trained using 50,000 pictures, as well as MRI scans and computer-generated images that had randomized noise added to them. In their paper, the researchers show that their AI can successfully remove enough noise to make the pictures usable again, with detail and clarity that’s remarkably close to the source images.

Noisy input on the left, AI output in the center, and originals on the right

The AI could be used in software for cleaning up noisy photos captured in low-light conditions on phones and cameras, as well as improving astronomical imagery and MRI scanning.

The Noise2Noise paper will be presented at the Thirty-fifth International Conference on Machine Learning in Sweden this week; you can find out more about the event here. If this intrigues you, you can read more about the AI here.

Now, no more noisy photos on social media.

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