Monetizing Impatience: the DeepArt Case
Created by five researchers at the the University of Tübingen in Germany, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Deep Art is a neural network based tool that takes any photo plus a style sample image then creates a painting based on the photo in the style of the sample.
My first attempt -- a self portrait in the style of Edvard Munch, was better than I expected but hardly a great success. The second attempt was more satisfying, reworking the same profile photo in the style of a Roman mosaic.
There are just two samples in the first test because the waiting time for free images is measured in days. And this is where DeepArt becomes more interesting. After uploading images you can monitor the status of the neural rendering process on a page of the website. Last time I tried the wait time for free images was around 8000 minutes -- that's about a week of real time. Just underneath the estimated time, though, is a button to reduce that time to 15 minutes for a fee of €1.99.