Are Your Selfies as Memorable as Mine? Let MIT's Judgemental AI System Decide

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Take one. Score: 0.905. Memorability: Very high. Thank you, LaMem. If you haven’t the faintest idea what I’m harping on about (let’s face it, why would you?), I’m rather happy with the MIT-built system that claims it can analyse just how memorable your pictures are.

Created by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, the algorithm invites you to upload one of your snaps, which it swiftly awards a rating. A heat map overlaid on the picture indicates the most memorable and least memorable areas of your snap. It was built on 'deep learning' AI technology, and is said to award higher scores to pictures with (exposed) body parts. Outdoor scenes, such as beaches or mountain peaks, don't tend to fare so well.

As well as helping people improve their uploads-to-likes ratio on Instagram, the team behind the system also says their creation could be used for marketing an educational purposes. The most interesting potential use-case, however, comes in the medical field. With some tidying and tweaking it could even feature in health-related tool aimed at improving memory. You can throw your selfies into a demo version of the system here. Good luck beating this guy though. [TechCrunch]

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