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Pornhub 'Remastered’ century-old porn using Artificial Intelligence

Ever been curious about porn from the past? No? Then nevermind this isn’t the story for you. To all you curious cats out there, here is the tea. Recently, Pornhub announced a new initiative, ‘Remastered’, that aims to restore porn from the past using technology from the future (and the future is now baby).




Pornhub, an infamous adult entertainment giant, has collaborated with creative agency (Officer&Gentleman) and creative studio (Espada Santacruz), to launch an innovative project that employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) to restore century-old erotic films to 4K for the modern consumer. In the film industry it is common to restore and colorize antique footage. However, with software commercially available; videos and images enhancement are tuned for nature, architecture, and have basic ‘face detection’, but there is no ‘porn mode’, as standard deep-learning models are trained using SFW images.


Using the untapped application of Machine Learning (ML) to teach AI ‘sex education’ by introducing it to Pornhub’s gianormous adult content library (in other words- porn), and i mean a lot of porn (over 100,000 adult images and videos worth). The more porn it was fed the better it got, at detecting the subtle shades of penises, nipples and even to paint over the once popular bush.


By utilizing several AI algorithms (with minimal human intervention) the process of cleaning up these old erotic masterpieces goes a little like this.

-The preparation (noise reduction, sharpening and contrasting images)

-Colorizing using deep learning. To develop the ML algorithm, black&white images along with colorized versions were paired. Through testing AI was able to colorize images it had never seen before.

-Increasing quality to 60fps

-Rescaling the resolution to 4K

-Digital remastering (cleaning artifacts, stabilization, and flickering reduction)

-Remastering audio or adding in a new audio track


And viola! Viewers are transported back in time to experience the 20th century old erotic videos. The collection of erotic scenes from 1890’s to 1940’s can be viewed (insert link here). Enjoy!


PS. If you need me to binge the entire collection (you know, for research purposes), and write a review, I'm totally down for that.



Source:

2021-05-19 Pornhub press released

https://www.pornhub.com/press/show?id=2191