As part of a process called “inceptionism” Google’s AI has created amazing psychedelic art.
Google’s artificial intelligence program has initially been introduced to a series of images of a wide range of objects and animals that would constitute its database for image recognition. Then, as part of the inceptionism process, the program was shown images that resembled those in its database so that they could see its reaction. For instance, a small cloud that resembles the shape of a bird, when the AI program knew the image of a bird.
The process is called inceptionism because the AI program recognized a certain feature of an image from its data base in the picture it was shown and introduced the known image in the new image as a result. This means that if the program was showed that image of the cloud that resembled a bird, and it only knew how a bird looks like, the image it delivered was of a cloud outline with a the picture of a bird inside.
And the scientists at Google wanted to take this experiment even further. They showed the AI program the image it had delivered as an entirely new image, to see if it could eventually interpret it as something that it already knows. To continue about the cloud/bird images, when the program was shown the image it delivered of the cloud outline with the bird picture inside, it still did not look like a bird exactly, but there were more features that indicated that it might be a bird, as far as the program was concerned.
Therefore, when the process was repeated, the second image turned out even more distorted than the first one. And the process was continues on a loop, to see the outcome. And it seems that the level of distortion has grown exponentially and that the last images rendered by the AI program were extremely distorted but absolutely amazing.
“This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere.” explained the Google scientists regarding what happens past the first loop.
This inceptionism process has led to a series of extremely interesting psychedelic images that show a very different version of our world, or at least to our eyes. How an artificial intelligence program interprets images is something that has never been seen before and therefore it constitutes an entirely new form of art.
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