AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning
AI-generated valentine cards including "Valentine is super sexy!" (Image of a chickpea)

AI-generated Valentine's Cards

I remember having to give out Valentine cards in elementary school, a mandatory expression of not-actual-valentine-feeling in which you could express your individuality and warm regard for your best friends and the classroom bully by giving them small store-bought cards with cartoon characters and generic messages on them. But what
Paint swatches including Hog Wash, Light Persuasion, Lucky Chalk, Indecent Taupe, Classy Comma, Harrold's Koala, and Blarg

New AI paint colors

One of my first experiments with neural network text generation was to generate and name paint colors. I trained a neural net from scratch on lists of colors I could find online, and with no prior training on English or any language (and therefore no idea what paint colors were)
Cereal boxes: Orb Crumpets, Foam Squares, and Non-stick Carbonated Waffle Balls

New breakfast cereals from AI

The thing about working with a giant language model like GPT-3 is it has read parts of the internet that it never occurred to me might exist. Like press releases from breakfast cereal companies, articles about press releases from breakfast cereal companies, blogs by breakfast cereal enthusiasts, and probably every
My Resolution: Take photos of each of my toes daily.

New Years Resolutions generated by AI

This month I'm beginning 2022 as the first Futurist in Residence at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. It's weird to think of myself as a futurist. I write a lot about the algorithms we're calling artificial intelligence (AI), but rather than deal with the humanlike science fiction version, I
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