Scientist in Israel have developed a “beautification engine” that subtly (or drastically) alters a person’s face based on the opinions of 68 men and women from Israel and Germany. The people used in the experiment were asked to look at photographs of various men and women and pick the most attractive, from this data the scientist then developed software to alter the geometry of a person’s face to more reflect this ideal. There weren’t any Photoshop touch ups to the photos, only the geometry of the face was adjusted. As far as I can tell, the software appears to leave traditionally attractive people alone and completely mutilate everyone else. James Franco comes out looking almost the same while Michael Cera here appears to age ten years and look like even more of a dork. I have to say, I am not really very impressed by this stuff. To begin with, the idea that beauty is universal seems a bit dubious. While the article does admit that the software only works on the features of Caucasians, it seems that there are still a lot of discrepancies in preference even in a single culture. Take for example Sarah Jessica Parker: I have had many people tell me that she is attractive but I think she looks like a chewed up Fruit by the Foot. It’s just personal preference. Besides, the software just makes people look really goofy. It should be called the “weirdification engine”! Right guys! No? There should be software to make people funnier. Or give them more friends. Yeah, that would be nice, more friends. More photos after the jump.