This AI enhances your crappy photos — or turns them into monstrosities

AI is having a big impact on photo editing, but the results are proving divisive.

The proponents say that AI unleashes new artistic ideas and cuts the time creators spent on monotonous work. Critics, however, argue that the techniques distort reality and propagate an artificial homogeneity.

A new entry to the debate is GFP-GAN. The system gives low-quality images a high-resolution revamp — and the results can be impressive.