Samsung in a hole again as photo remaster gives disturbing results
The Galaxy S23 Ultra Moon photo controversy is still fresh in people’s minds and another Samsung camera feature is in the headlines for the wrong reasons. A Galaxy user recently discovered that Samsung’s photo remaster feature is adding teeth to pictures of a seven-month-old baby. The device in question here is, unfortunately, the Galaxy S23 Ultra once again. But the remaster feature may give you similarly unsettling results on other Galaxy models as well.
Photo remastering is a Galaxy feature available in Samsung‘s Gallery app. It lets you “remaster” photos to remove shadows, reflections, and other unwanted artifacts to give you a better picture. It’s an optional feature that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to enhance the photo. You can find it in the More menu when viewing a photo in the Gallery app. Samsung offers a “Before/After” slider to quickly check what has been removed or enhanced so you can decide whether to keep the remastered photo or discard it.
Overall, it’s a nice feature to have. But Twitter user @earcity has had a nightmarish experience with Samsung’s photo remaster feature. They tried to fix a photo of their seven-month-old daughter using the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Sure, it erased snot from the baby’s face. But the AI decided to replace the baby’s tongue with a row of fully-grown teeth. It even changed the eyes. As you can see in the embedded tweet below, the overall result is quite unsettling.
This is how gross Remastering is on the @SamsungMobile @Samsung #S23Ultra #SamsungS23Ultra. AI casually adding teeth to a 7 month old baby. NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS! pic.twitter.com/X9WUHWS2Hr
— Apricot Lennon 🐱🥙 (@earcity) March 22, 2023
Samsung probably needs to look into its photo remaster AI
While there haven’t been any other reports of Samsung’s photo remaster feature giving such unsettling results, it wasn’t a one-off case for this user. They reached out to The Verge telling that the Galaxy S23 Ultra did the same with another of their daughter. They found the AI unnecessarily “remastering” the teeth of a three-year-old boy as well, though the final image isn’t that bad this time around.
But the bottom line is that Samsung’s AI tech powering this feature may need some reworking. Sure, the publication couldn’t replicate the disturbing results even after applying the feature to “half a dozen photos of babies” on a Galaxy S22. But that doesn’t mean the feature isn’t glitchy. It can’t be an excuse that photo remastering is optional and isn’t enabled by default. The technology behind it is turning pictures of babies into disturbing images and that isn’t okay. It remains to be seen what Samsung has to say about this.
Exploring further and wow! Sammy’s remaster “tool” really has a very intense love/hate relationship with childrens teeth or lack thereof. In this case my 3yr old sons teeth weren’t good enough ⚒️🧨💥 This AI is obsessed with funky smiles 🤣#Remastering @SamsungMobile pic.twitter.com/SiME6XKYom
— Apricot Lennon 🐱🥙 (@earcity) March 24, 2023