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AI Will Use Machine Learning to Draw 'New' Osamu Tezuka Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kioxia's project will debut results in February

Toshiba's Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory Corporation) announced on Tuesday that it will combine high-speed and high-capacity memory with AI technology that will show "new manga" from Osamu Tezuka. Kioxia will showcase the results in February 2020.

The project will use machine learning, using Tezuka's previous manga as data to generate new manga.

The project is the first part of Kioxia's larger "Sekai Shin Kioku" (The World's New Memories) project that will show memory's ability to enrich the world.

The tech industry has continued to make strides to develop artificial intelligence programs to help with the anime production workload. Dwango's Yuichi Yagi debuted an AI program that creates in-between animation in 2017. Dwango then announced the program was utilized for some parts of FLCL Progressive. Imagica Group and OLM Digital joined forces with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) to develop a technique for automatic coloring, further expanding AI options. Video game company NCSoft (Guild Wars 2) researchers Jun-Ho Kim, Minjae Kim, Hyeonwoo Kang, and Kwanghee Lee introduced a program that uses Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to transform real-life people into anime characters in August.

The manga publisher Hakusensha has begun using PaintsChainer automatic coloring program for some of its online manga releases.

Source: Oricon News via Hachima Kikō

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