Acid in the machine: Trippy video of “Fear and Loathing” + Deep Dream machine learning

The Internet At Large has been all over Google’s DeepDream machine learning software. You know, the thing that helped engineers at Google produce all those trippy snapshots.

Now, Deep Learning researcher Roelof Pieters has extended Google’s DeepDream software to effortlessly handle video as well.

Pieters has released very fitting samples of the weirdness he’s gotten himself into. Namely, The Great San Francisco Acid Wave flashback scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a potpurri from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In case you’ve missed this whole meme, this is how this works. Pictures can be run through Google’s software multiple times to create feedback loops. Which is to say that engineers have used the neural network designed for image recognition to over-emphasize familiar looking stuff until weird things start to happen.

To me, these feedback loops seem like tricking computers into jumping through the same hoops our squishy brains stumble through sometimes. Like when we see Jesus on a slice of toast. Quite amusing, that is.

Simply put: Computers will probably steal your job. But first they’ll go to college, drop acid, grow a third eye and make creepy hippie art out of all your pics.

Of course, you can let your computer’s inner Picasso come to life and let neural network technology mangle any video you see fit, thanks to Roelof Pieters’ DeepDreamVideo software.

Hunter S. Thompson would probably have approved of this. If nothing else, Machine Learning/AI might soon tend to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Still, I’m pretty sure computers won’t gain any real consciousness before they’ve spent five years regurgitating Monty Python quotes.

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3 replies

  1. Just when you thought Fear and Loathing couldn’t get more fucking weird, along comes some super computer

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