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Facebooks new artificial intelligence can help you dress more fashionably

Facebook are experimenting with how AI can interpret fashion(Image:stockcam/Getty Images)
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By Sunday Herald Team , in Fashion , at September 22, 2019

Facebook are experimenting with how AI can interpret fashion(Image:stockcam/Getty Images)

We have all, at one time or another, experienced the agony of not being able to decide what to wear.

Is that shirt too stuffy? Are those earrings a little bit garish?

Will your friends and colleagues viciously mock you behind your back? Will strangers on the tube laugh and jeer?

Happily, (or not – depending on how enthusiastic you are about living in a high-tech dystopia), Facebook might soon be able to improve your fashion sense.

The company is currently experimenting with AI to create an initiative (titled Fashion ++) which, rather than recommending entire overhauls of your outfit, would make small suggestions about what could be improved.

This effect is achieved by showing the AI thousands of images of fashionable outfits, from which it can learn to make value judgements.

According to Facebook, the initiative already works. A spokesperson for the company said: human evaluators find the Fashion++ suggestions not only fashionable but also easy to implement.

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Its pretty exciting that we could soon have our very own robot version of Coco Chanel or Tan France, telling us to remove one accessory or tuck in our damn shirts.

Then again, its also slightly concerning: what if the robots vs humanity war, prophesied by so many sci-fi films, is provoked by robots making catty remarks about our dress sense?

This is not Facebooks first foray into fashion: earlier this year, the tech giant announced a collaboration with Ray-Bans on a pair of augmented reality glasses.

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