You've probably heard what crazy stuff AI, machine learning, and deep learning technologies are capable of. Like creating portraits of people who don’t exist, or making a 15th-century Renaissance painting out of your picture, or turning your static single selfie into a living image. Sounds crazy, because it is, but it turns out, this is not all.

Two programmers and AI enthusiasts, Justin Pinkney and Doron Adler, have just created a new mind-bending "toonification" system that basically turns your portrait into a cute cartoon character. Thanks to deep learning, the algorithm fine-tunes the original face and blends it with a cartoon model, keeping the identities the same, but the features cartoonish.

Apparently, their “Toonify” website got so much attention on social media, with people flocking to the website to toonify their selfies, that the costs got out of hand and the team had to temporarily turn off the server.

While they’re working on bringing it back to us, let’s take a look at some of the most amusing cartoon transformations down below so that you'll have time to decide whether to go for Elsa from Frozen, or stick to the Nemo makeover.

More info: Toonify.JustinPinkney.com

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

Either way, he has one of the kindest faces I've ever seen :)

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Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

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Kaspar Kristiansen
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2 months ago

R.I.P.

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Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

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Jon Sleeper
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2 months ago

Q is messing around again.

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Justin Pinkney, who works as a software consultant at MathWorks in the UK, has been spending most of his time writing code, developing algorithms, training models, and encouraging people to embrace good software development practices.

Just recently, Justin and a fellow deep learning explorer Doron Adler developed a new “Toonify Yourself” system that got the internet buzzing big time. To find out more about their project, Bored Panda spoke to Justin, who said he has been messing around with GANs for quite a while and has trained lots of different models.

Justin said he came up with the idea of modifying networks “using 'layer swapping' to make realistic Ukiyo-e portraits.” He shared some code for this online and Doron Adler tried it out on some of his models, “showing really cool results of these almost real cartoon faces.”

Since then, they have been working together to train some new neural networks and produced the Toonify website.

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Tim Allen

Tim Allen

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Gerrit
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2 months ago

Best match in my opinion!

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#5

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

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Dat Bored Pugtato =0=
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2 months ago

Kinda looks like Elsa

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#6

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

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Footballgirl
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2 months ago

Wonder Woman

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Justin said that although people seem to have a lot of fun seeing what the neural network will turn their face into, they often mention that the results aren’t as good as a human artist could produce. “That's not really surprising, I don't think a human artist could produce 25,000 of these an hour (which we were doing at the peak of traffic),” he explained.

He is now working on making the website come back for free, which he promised will happen super soon. “Server running costs were the biggest challenge. These are big neural networks that are running, and although Google Cloud makes it easy to scale up to lots of traffic, it's still not cheap,” Justin explained.

He also put up a donation page, which you can check out right here, for access to the live site in order to help keep the site running.

#7

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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Berry Budgie
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2 months ago

Hahaa

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#8

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

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MERCI LANGSTON
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2 months ago

If the faces weren't next to them I wouldn't have been able to recognize then.

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Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green

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Clandestine
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2 months ago

It does women better than men, at least

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Justin believes that there are lots of possibilities for what AI and deep learning technologies could do, and he thinks people are only just scratching the surface.

“Especially with so much code being open source and GPU resources being so accessible (via Google Collab), it means creators and artists can really easily try this stuff out.”

According to the deep learning explorer, the next steps for GANs are “in giving people more control over the images generated and making them more efficient in terms of training data and computing resources.”

#10

Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada

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Elea Bell
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2 months ago

Face looks like the one guy from the Croods

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#11

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

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Cyndi Macmillan
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2 months ago

Make it stop.

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#12

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh

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Viv Hart
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1 month ago

No teeth, just a fat lower lip.

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

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Berry Budgie
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2 months ago

Looks like a toy

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Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

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MERCI LANGSTON
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2 months ago (edited)

I these were supposed to be the best examples. I can barely see a resemblance.

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Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

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Steve
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2 months ago

I'm sure I've seen that character in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion...

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#16

Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

Holy mother Mary! :O You better do some corrections on that machine... :/

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#17

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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Jude Ponting
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2 months ago

Were they slightly drunk when they did the programming?

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#18

Will Smith

Will Smith

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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2 months ago

Oh....um

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#19

"A Monk With A Book"

"A Monk With A Book"

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May Alta
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2 months ago

From monk to maniac.

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#20

Robert Deniro

Robert Deniro

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Gerrit
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2 months ago

Where do those crossed eyes come from!? XD

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#21

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Gerrit
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2 months ago

Not even close!

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#22

Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

Just...nope.

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#23

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

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Michelle Line
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2 months ago

Where’s his forehead?

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