Coloring monochrome photographs is a practice that dates back to the earliest days of photography. With color photography unavailable to most consumers until the 1940s, members of the public who wanted to enhance the reality of photos often experimented with hand-coloring as an alternative. It was an incredibly time-consuming effort involving watercolors, oils, or pastels — and the results, while certainly distinctive, don't necessarily look quite as realistic as their creators may have hoped. Today, turning black-and-white images into full color photographs is a whole lot easier — and the results far, far better. How easy? All you need to do is post, or spot, a monochrome image on Twitter and reply to it with @colorize_bot . Like summoning a colorizing Captain Planet, Colorize_bot — as it is known — will instantly spring into action with its digital Crayolas, leaving the user with a freshly multicolored image and a cheery, "Of course, nice to help you!" This all occurs in the space of just a few seconds. And you've got a 21-year old computer science and engineering student from Ecuador — and some nifty A.I. tools — to thank for it. A pandemic project "Colorize_bot is without a doubt my… Read full this story
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