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Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network – which looks for patterns in pictures – creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying.

What do machines dream of? New images released by Google give us one potential answer: hypnotic landscapes of buildings, fountains and bridges merging into one.

The pictures, which veer from beautiful to terrifying, were created by the company’s image recognition neural network, which has been “taught” to identify features such as buildings, animals and objects in photographs.

They were created by feeding a picture into the network, asking it to recognise a feature of it, and modify the picture to emphasise the feature it recognises. That modified picture is then fed back into the network, which is again tasked to recognise features and emphasise them, and so on. Eventually, the feedback loop modifies the picture beyond all recognition.

At a low level, the neural network might be tasked merely to detect the edges on an image. In that case, the picture becomes painterly, an effect that will be instantly familiar to anyone who has experience playing about with photoshop filters:

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Wow, who knew computers could be so artistic, or twisted?

I don't understand why some threads are Off-topic. This seems like a serious addition to the various discussions about artificial intelligence/quantum computers --that are a main part of Jade Helm.

This is my favorite, doggy sidesaddle

http://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/18/1434625488205/511161f2-d7bf-45b9-81ed-ab391fed3cf9-620x467.jpeg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=e02b6f078c48ec5710406a8c38a6dfe1

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