Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Friday, 19 June 2015 - 11:51AM
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Friday, 19 June 2015 - 11:51AM
Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results
The lead engineers behind the A.I. of Google are using "inception" to test out their artificial neural networks - a strategy that has lead to some very beautiful, and slightly disturbing, artwork. 

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google's artificial neural networks work much like the ones you have in your brain; they're trained to sort and classify different kinds of information. Google uses these for software such as Google Photos; for instance, if you search the word "dog," the processor will pull out every image it can find that contains the characteristics it learned to associate with "dog" - four legs, tail, etc.

Google explained in a blog post, "we train an artificial neural network by showing it millions of training examples and gradually adjusting the network parameters until it gives is the classifications we want." So, in the aforementioned example, that network would have been shown millions of pictures of dogs, and thus, come to understand which properties they all have in common. The artificial neural network would then use these parameters to search Google's massive database of photos in order to come up with accurate results.

One particularly visually stunning way to then test the network's understanding is to ask it to discover a certain object in white noise, like a banana:

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

The researchers then took it one step further, and used a process called "inceptionism" to determine what the AI's "dreams," or what it would see in nondescript pictures. In what is essentially the AI equivalent of a Rorschach test, they programmed the AI to enhance any image it recognizes in an image that lends itself to many different shapes, such as a picture of clouds. "This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere."

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Here are enlarged versions of some of the individual images the AI enhanced in the picture:

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

If you've ever looked up at the clouds and tried to find funny shapes, then you know this experiment is literally peeking into the AI's subconscious. It also brought out the AI's artistic side, as these feedback loops allowed it to generate a whole host of beautiful images:

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

Google 'Incepts' Dreams Into Its AI with Stunning Results

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