Is this the beginning of artificial intelligence? According to a recent study, computers might soon be able to gauge the attractiveness of women. An M.Sc graduate from Tel Aviv University has taught a computer to interpret the attractiveness of women. Amit Kagian was aided by supervisors Prof. Eytan Ruppin and Prof. Gideon Dror.of Tel Aviv university. The findings of the study were published in the journal Vision Research.

In another instance, Daniel Or-Cohen of Tel Aviv University has developed a software program that can automatically beautify a face without human intervention. His computer-automated "Beauty Formula" was developed along with graduate student Tommer Leyvand at TAU's School of Computer Science, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences.

Highlights of the study
a. The study is a combination of computer programming and psychology.
b. This study was conducted on 30 men and women.
c. They were presented with 100 different faces of Caucasian women who were roughly of the same age.
d. Participants were asked to judge the beauty of each face.
e. Ratings were made on a scale of 1 through 7.
f. Participants were not asked why they chose certain scores.
g. After this, researchers used a computer and processed and mapped the geometric shape of facial features mathematically.
h. Additional features such as face symmetry, smoothness of the skin and hair color were also fed into the analysis.
i. On the basis of human preferences, the computer "learned" the relation between facial features and attractiveness scores.
j. A fresh set of faces was then fed into the computer.
k. It was noticed that the computer gave rankings that were similar to those given by humans.