As reported by the New York Times online, scientists have created what has been called a “beautification engine” for digitally enhancing the attractiveness of the human face using a computer based program.
The software was developed in accordance with the views of 68 individuals who were asked to identify the most attractive faces from photographs shown of the faces of a number of white males and females.
Changes in facial geometry is the subject of the program as opposed to altering color, skin clarity, and other characteristics typically involved with digital photo enhancements. Research related to the program and studies that focus on the fusion of science and beauty have been a widely discussed topic in technology based as well as health and beauty fields. Studies suggest a shared perspective of what accounts for physical beauty across different cultures, races, genders, and age groups. The ability to quantify beauty remains a controversial issue, due to the various factors that may influence a person’s view on what is ideal. Some have expressed concerns that such heavy focus and investments related to these kinds of matters may negatively impact the views of younger individuals and their own appearances.