Links for 2015-06-21

  • jwz on Inceptionism

    “Shoggoth ovipositors”:

    So then they reach inside to one of the layers and spin the knob randomly to fuck it up. Lower layers are edges and curves. Higher layers are faces, eyes and shoggoth ovipositors. [….] But the best part is not when they just glitch an image — which is a fun kind of embossing at one end, and the “extra eyes” filter at the other — but is when they take a net trained on some particular set of objects and feed it static, then zoom in, and feed the output back in repeatedly. That’s when you converge upon the platonic ideal of those objects, which — it turns out — tend to be Giger nightmare landscapes. Who knew. (I knew.)
    This stuff is still boggling my mind. All those doggy faces! That is one dog-obsessed ANN.

    (tags: neural-networks ai jwz funny shoggoths image-recognition hr-giger art inceptionism)

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  1. Nix
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 22:38 | Permalink

    Aside: a bit of visual latency when I switched virtual desktops away from this post led me to think that the Linux Foundation had recently made an announcement regarding a project to enable shoggoth ovipositors to be containerized. (Personally, I think containers have quite enough in the way of crawling horrors without needing extra ovipositors of any kind.)

  2. Posted June 23, 2015 at 11:15 | Permalink

    Nix: the fewer ovipositors in open source projects, the better!