Computer turned ancient maps into satellite images –

Authors of the project applied an already existing tool called Pix2pix, which relies on two neural networks. The first one creates an image from the input data, and the second one decides if the generated image is fake. These neural networks have been taught to trick each other so that they can create the most realistic images based on historical data.

The specialists took a map of 1808 and received satellite images based on it. The authors of the project believe that looking at such images, it is easier for people to understand how the familiar area has changed over the course of 200 years. This method can help urbanists, anthropologists and historians.

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