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Boffins invent a beauty engine: but do they really make us look better?


So now there's a thing to make photos of people's faces more beautiful in a subtle and personalised way. A useful exercise, I'm sure, and no doubt a boon for magazine editors and skin cream marketers, but even aside from the beauty-politic controversy, an obvious question - does it actually make people look better?

Michael Cera, as regular readers might know, is the subject of an unwholesome - if mild - Dollymix obsession. We love his quirky face and his wimpy, sensitive characters (I actually just typed 'we love his sensitive parts'). Does he look better? Or just a bit grumpy? Does Woody Allen? How about Brigitte Bardot, now turned utterly generic by a computer program?

It's all fascinating stuff, of course, but in the battle of man and machine, I think it's our complex human perceptions that come out on top. Suddenly having a mole, or a big mouth, or a funny shaped head or whatever doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

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Posted by on October 10, 2008


i think that the "beauty engine" is completely pointless. making yourself "prettier" in a picture isnt going to make you any more beautiful in real life! why look like a totally different person than you really are? the point of taking a photo of yourself is to record what YOU look like!

Posted by: Dawn | October 12, 2008 11:47 PM

All these people definitely look better as themselves.

Posted by: Nathalie | October 13, 2008 8:42 PM

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