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Google's Psychedelic AI Art Takes Twitter by Storm

What does Google's image search algorithm see in Mad Max's face?

Last month, Google blew the lid off of a trippy psychedelic image of a squirrel that had the internet confused: Had the strange images of dogs and noses been designed by a human, or a computer? It turned out that it had, indeed, been created as part of Inceptionism, a project that showcases images generated by the company's image recognition algorithm. Androids, it was declared, do dream of electric sheep. Google released an open-sourced version of the neural network learning algorithm on July 1, dubbed DeepDream, and the internet has spent the last week going wild with it. Programmer Zain Shah created a simple interface for applying the algorithm to a jpeg, and now, warped, psychedelic remixes of the Doof Warrior, Johnny Depp, Jackson Pollock's No. 5, and a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are out, covered in puppyslugs and disembodied eyes, and there's nothing you can do about it.


Artists like Memo Akten and KyttenJanae are already incorporating the algorithm into their practices, and a DeepDreams Twitter bot has appeared, courtesy of Japan's Psychic VR Lab. With these tools, you, too, can produce your own deepdreamed videos, GIFs, images, video games, and more, which has the double-positive of finding crazy patterns in your own face and giving researchers more material to learn about how machines learn. Check out a few of our favorites below.

by recognising forms in #deepdream, your mind has already become entangled with the system

— Memo Akten (@memotv) July 4, 2015


— Некстджен и Усиление (@turbojedi) July 3, 2015

Selfridges, Birmingham #deepdream

— Pete Ashton (@peteashton) July 6, 2015

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD #deepdream

— ゴッドスコーピオン (@GoddoSukoupion) July 4, 2015

Puppyslug all the way down. #deepdream

— Devine Lu Linvega (@aliceffekt) July 2, 2015

Ok, folks: The code from our #inceptionism neural network post is now on github:

— Mike Tyka (@mtyka) July 1, 2015

Awesome combination of #deepdream and waifu2x I love all the remixes coming out!

— Mike Tyka (@mtyka) July 2, 2015


Dogs Playing Poker #inceptionism #deepdream

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 4, 2015

Jackson Pollock's No. 5, 1948 #inceptionism #deepdream

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 4, 2015

Apollo 11 #deepdream #inceptionism

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 3, 2015

Rorschach Blots 9-10 #inceptionism #deepdream

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 5, 2015

#Inceptionism and the Windows XP background image #deepdream

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 2, 2015

Inceptionism is fun - thanks, @googleresearch! More here: #deepdream

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 2, 2015

Twenty Dollars #deepdream #inceptionism

— Brad Skaggs (@brdskggs) July 3, 2015

Before #deepdream 'it' was a sheep.

— Pavel Bazin (@pavelbazin) July 2, 2015

For more deep dream artwork, check out the hashtag #deepdream on Twitter. Make your own with the Deep Dream Twitter bot.


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