Picture Research Paper

What if you could fake someone from a single photo?

That’s the promise of new research out of Samsung’s AI lab.

Two years ago, a new, freely distributed AI software called “Deepfakes” enabled the public to melt reality by placing anyone’s head on someone else’s body in any video.

Deepfakes is powerful, scary, and just labor intensive enough that our world hasn’t imploded yet.

One of the first things I do when I join a new social network is to upload a profile picture. Is there such thing as a perfect, best profile picture?

Profile pictures have always been a bit of a gray area for me inasmuch as I post a picture I think looks good without knowing its actual effect on my audience.

That’s less than one-half of one-tenth of a second. This finding from Psychological Science underscores the vital importance of a profile picture and the effect it has on making an impression.

There’s been a host of research done on the various elements of a profile picture—how to look, how to not look, what to wear, whether to smile. Here’s an overview of all the best practices for coming up with the best profile picture on social media: Here’s a bit more about the science, research, and psychology behind these recommendations.

Here’s a quick overview of what they learned: (The photo on the left is the normal, wide-eyed headshot.

The one on the right is a squinch.) Researcher Katrina Fong of Toronto’s York University conducted a study on 2D avatars, coming up with some neat observations that could extrapolate to profile pictures.


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