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Beauty is in the eye of the machine

Ansel Adams said, “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” Is it possible to predict our fickle and subjective appraisal of ‘aesthetically pleasing’ visual art? Iigaya et al. used an artificial intelligence approach to show how human aesthetic preference can be partially explained as an integration of hierarchical constituent image features.

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Zhang, M., Kreiman, G. Beauty is in the eye of the machine. Nat Hum Behav 5, 675–676 (2021).

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