Google’s artificial neural network has created a series of extraordinary psychedelic images through its image recognition program.
Google’s Artificial Intelligence program, or the Google Brain has been provided with a large series of images that feature very many different objects, animals, nature elements and buildings, as part of its neural network. The program recognizes the elements from its database in new images that it is shown that include them.
But the scientists at Google wanted to see how far the Brain’s perception of the elements went exactly, and if it could get to a known image from a different image that shares some its features. This process is called inceptionism, because the program would reach a certain image that it had been shown before, by interpreting an entirely new image.
And so, armed with its extensive neural network, the Google Brain was shown an image of something new to it and upon its analysis, it recognized some features such as a shape or an outline. What the Brain interpreted the image as was a distorted version of the element it was familiar with. The known element it chose was that best displayed the feature it recognized.
The example that the Google scientists Christopher Olah, Alexander Mordvintsev and Mike Tyka, have used in their explanation of the process was the Brain being showed a picture of a cloud shaped like a bird, while it could only recognize a bird. Therefore, the main feature it recognized was the shape of the bird. And what it has done afterwards was to fill in the unknown space with what it did know.
The scientists wanted to obtain an actual image of the the Brain’s interpretation of the pictures and they did so by making the AI program render a image result. And in this example situation, the image it rendered featured a distorted image of a cloud and a bird.
The next step of the experiment wanted to see what the Brain would make of its own interpretation of the initial image and so, it showed it to it as a new image. The result was an even more distorted version of both the bird and the cloud.
And the experiment then did this many more times, until the Brain rendered these absolutely fantastic psychedelic images, filled with elements from Google’s Brain neural network. These images essentially display how artificial intelligence experiences the world and they are astonishing.
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