The Technology Behind How Prisma Works

Prisma cat This guest column is by Jacob Koshy, tech blogger & content marketer at PromptCloud

Technology has come a long way ever since the invention of modern computers. It has been conquering different areas where humans were once thought to be the only resort. Computers can perform a host of functions now, many of which are impossible by humans. However, art is something we least expected technology would ever be associated with. Prisma, a photo editing app launched in June 2016 has completely proved our thoughts wrong. Prisma is a photo editing app that uses neural networks and AI algorithms to manipulate images. The app was created by Alexey Moiseenkov who also founded the Prisma labs, based in Moscow.

What Makes Prisma Different

Conventional photo editing apps add a layer above the original image to achieve the effects they give to the photos. This is a pretty easy process and doesn’t require complicated computing. Prisma, on the other hand, uses neural networks to recreate the objects in the given image on a fresh canvas. The resulting image is totally a new one that looks like the masterpiece of a great artist. The filters in Prisma are inspired from the styles used by famous artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Munch in their paintings. It is magical how the app can intelligently identify objects in the picture and recreate them to be brilliant works of art. While most people don’t realise that the underlying technology is artificial intelligence, the truth is it is actually a leap in AI that gives us hope about the future with more AI applications.

How Prisma Works

Most of the traditional photo editing apps apply filters to the image by adding a layer above it that enhances the visual appearance of the image. Prisma, unlike these apps uses multiple neural networks that can analyse the image, and recreate the objects in the image using the texture and style from a famous artwork. In fact, the artificial intelligence program behind Prisma actually use two images to create a third image. The first image is obviously the photo from the user’s smartphone and the next one would be the artistic style. The AI algorithm analyses the input image and intelligently applies textures and effects in this image to create a great result.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept at all. The current advances in AI are just perfect implementations of the AI concepts that were formed decades ago. We’re already using AI systems on our smartphones whether you actively recognize the presence of AI in them or not. For example, voice recognition in the Voice assistants of our smartphones are AI in action. Same goes for the face recognition feature that works behind Facebook’s photo tagging system.

Prisma has a gone a step further and used neural networks, cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence to create the wonderful effects it brings to the images. Prisma makes the rise of AI pretty obvious. It is estimated that 50% of current IT jobs can be taken care by Artificial intelligence in the near future. This would mean, most jobs that require less creativity and skills might disappear. Although this sounds scary at first, most experts in the field of AI reassures that it’s only the boring and repetitive tasks that would go extinct. Jobs that require human intelligence and creativity would become all the more important.

In Conclusion

Artificial intelligence is no more limited to science fiction movies now that we have traces of it on our handheld devices like smartphones. With the ever increasing computing power, we expect complicated AI algorithms soon coming to life on powerful computers. While many experts in the field have expressed mixed opinions on AI and its effects on human race, it is hard to deny how we are curious to see full-fledged AI in action.

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