Here's a pleasant video to start your day, showing the work of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who taught computers to translate a flat 2D photograph into a 3D scene. And just listen to that soothing music, which will lower your blood pressure and make you feel serene and confident for the rest of the day.
The trick here is teaching computers to understand the geometric context of objects in a scene. And yes, we hear you. Consider the possibilities for porn. Indeed.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Teach Computers To Perceive Three Dimensions in 2-D Images [Carnegie Mellon University] Thanks, Thomas!