Google's Neural Network Dreams Up Psychedelic 2001: A Space Odyssey

Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 12:50PM
Artificial Intelligence
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Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 12:50PM
Google's Neural Network Dreams Up Psychedelic 2001: A Space Odyssey
By now you've probably seen Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. You may even have seen those crazy, trippy image mashups that came out of Google's artificial neural networks. But what happens when you put together 2001: A Space Odyssey, artificial neural networks, and the colorful cubism of Pablo Picasso? 


2001: A Picasso Odyssey - a crazy psychedelic otherworldly visual experience. The video's creator is an Icelandic man named Bhautik Joshi who has experience with both broad and deep data analysis at web-scale, developing stereoscopy (a technique for enhancing the depth of an image) for feature films, virtual reality, and game development - basically the perfect combination of skill sets to make this masterpiece in his spare time. 

Creating these videos is a relatively "simple" process that resembles the one used to test Google's AI neural networks. Joshi teaches Google's neural network program - known as Deep Dream- to interpret each image or frame in the video as a Picasso painting. 

Along with 2001: A Picasso Odyssey, his Deep Dreams series includes Blade Runner in the style of Van Gough's Starry Night, and "A Dozen Deep Dreams of Donald Drumpf," where he plays around with various ridiculous image mashups of the Republican party nominee, the best of which is probably Trump and teeth. You can catch all of his beautiful and hysterical mashups on his vimeo page.
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