Google's image manipulator will give you nightmares

Androids may well dream of electric sheep, but it turns out that the dreams of artificial neural networks are a lot less fluffy. Last month Google revealed an interesting by-product of its image recognition research: what happens when you feed an image into a neural network and then ask it to enhance whatever it detects.

If you do this with the part of the system that's programmed to search for actual objects in an image, then get it to keep on doing it, you end up with a feedback loop that can conjure up unexpected objects from the most unlikely details, resulting in hallucinatory, dream-like artwork. Its initial 'Inceptionism' gallery proved so popular that a couple of weeks later Google released an open-source code example so that people could try it out for themselves.

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