Facebook is working on AI to tell you what to wear to look your best
Facebook is far more than a social media platform these days. As it turns out, it will be your personal fashion designer in the future.
Facebook has revealed in a paper study it’s working on a little AI companion called ‘Fashion ++’ lines and lines of code that will look through over 15,000 images online that are deemed ‘fashionable’ and use them to tell you how to make tweaks to your outfit to avoid any fashion faux-pas.
You take a photo of yourself and Facebook’s algorithm will piece together a different outfit for you to try, comprised of either swapping out minor items or doing something like rolling up your sleeves and tucking in a baggy shirt. It puts together these improvements by looking at similar outfits online that people have deemed fashionable or unfashionable, leaning you towards an outfit the internet is fonder of.
The result doesn’t flat out tell you that you’re dressed terribly, but it offers a spectrum of outfit changes, ranging from the most minor of fixes to more demanding ones such as new clothing. The report calls itself “Minimal Edits for Outfit Improvement”, meaning the Facebook fashionistas are more likely to tell you to swap out a belt or pair of shoes than purchase a new three-piece suit.
The report claims that in a human study involving over 100 test outfits and nearly 300 people, 92% of respondents judged outfits as more fashionable after Fashion++ made changes to them. 84% also said they thought already-fashionable outfits modified by Fashion++ were similarly or more fashionable.
“Our results are quite promising,” wrote the paper’s coauthors. “In future work, we plan to broaden the composition of the training source — [for instance] using wider social media platforms like Instagram, bias an edit towards an available inventory, or generate improvements conditioned on an individual’s preferred style or occasion.”
It’s hoped that one day Fashion ++ will help designers perfect their latest looks.