A team of researchers at Disney has revealed details about the Content Genome, a new AI tool it developed to recognizes faces in the company’s animation archive.
What are the computer scientists at Disney doing exactly? Engineers and scientists at Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International Organization (DTCI) have developed a platform that can automatically identify faces, alongside other elements like locations, across all the content in Disney’s archive. In a Medium post, the team explained how they harnessed AI machine learning framework Pytorch to develop the tool.
How was it made? Facial recognition tools for photography and live-action footage — in other words, for real human faces — are already well established. But Disney’s archive contains a lot of animation, and animated faces are another matter. They are inevitably stylized, often extremely so: think of the cars in Pixar’s Cars, which have human facial features but in barely human proportions.