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An AI program analyzed two million selfies and found out what makes a great one



How do you look good in a selfie? Luckily for anyone wondering, a robot has figured it out.

A new artificial intelligence (AI) system built by a Stanford University researcher Andrej Karpathy looked at two million selfies and learned what makes a great selfie.

In other words, it discovered what elements make up a selfie that is more likely to get hearted.

Here's a few tips the program came up with for women wanting to take a better selfie, according to Karpathy's blog post about the project:

1) Be female.

2) Show your long hair.

3) Take it alone.

4) Use a light background or a filter: Selfies that were very washed out, filtered black and white, or had a border got more likes. According to Karpathy, "over-saturated lighting ... often makes the face look much more uniform and faded out."

5) Crop the image so your forehead gets cut off and your face is prominently in the middle third of the photo. Some of the "best" selfies are also slightly tilted.

Below are the cream of the crop — the top 100 of 50,000 images that the AI analyzed after being trained on more than 2 million selfies.

Notice that of the best 100 selfies, not a single man is included, and there are very few people of color.

good selfies AIAnd here are the male images that did the best, you can see similar trends cropping up, especially the number of images with white borders, though the male images more frequently included the whole head and shoulders, Karpathy writes:

malesOn the other hand, the worst images, or the selfies that probably wouldn't get as many likes, were group shots, badly lit, and often too close up.

So if you want your selfie to get a lot of love, make sure you follow the rules above. Read more about the program's creation.

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