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Ideas about what constitutes “beauty” are complex, subjective, and by no means limited to physical appearances. Elusive though it is, everyone wants more of it. That means big business and increasingly, people harnessing algorithms to create their ideal selves in the digital and, sometimes, physical worlds. In this episode, we explore the popularity of beauty filters, and sit down with someone who’s convinced his software will show you just how to nip and tuck your way to a better life. We meet:
Shafee Hassan, Qoves Studio founder
Lauren Rhue, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
This episode was reported by Tate Ryan-Mosley, and produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens, Karen Hao and Anthony Green. We’re edited by Michael Reilly and Bobbie Johnson. Transcript
[TR ID] [Montage of songs about beauty] Strong: Beauty has always been one of society’s greatest obsessions. And for as long as we’ve worshipped it… we’ve also found ways to change and enhance it. From makeup and clothes… to airbrushing photos… or a surgical nip and tuck. And now? AI. [Montage of news coverage about beauty filters] [Sound from an Apple keynote featuring […]