The age is here when our artificial intelligence technology can do a lot of things. It may not be like The Jetsons in which animators predicted we would have a maid robot beeping around and taking care of us, but they are all around us. Now, artificial intelligence is even creating our art.
Blaise Agüera y Arcas is a Google graphics guy, and he recently gave a presentation about art and technology. He made the fair point that artists have been using technology for a long time. For example, artists used to use mirrors and lenses to help them create distorted images, before people could just click and drag in Photoshop. The speech was relevant because the gallery at which he was speaking has a new exhibit comprised completely of art made by AI “neural networks.”
Google’s art generator is called Deep Dream, and it kind of turns AI inverse. Now that Google has taught AI to recognize images and certain types of objects in images, it has taught AI how to create images. Well, it doesn’t create them per se, but it does build off of them, creating what some consider to be beautiful works of art. Anyone can use Deep Dream’s image generator to provoke the AI to create an image. Just upload any image and wait about 15 seconds.
The technology works because the AI tries to find patterns in an image, and then builds on those patterns. For example, “if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird.” The results of some of the images are kind of creepy, and if you try it, you might notice that Deep Dream seems to find eyes just about everywhere.
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