AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning

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AI Weirdness in 2019

AI Weirdness in 2019

Here’s a look back at a few of my favorite projects from 2019! My book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You I published my first book, a pop science look at how artificial intelligence works and why it’s making the world a weirder place. It’
The AI's Carol

The AI's Carol

In 2017 I decided to find out what would happen if I trained a neural net on 240 Christmas carols (collected by The Times of London and reader/neural net hobbyist Erik Svensson). The result? A neural net that was very confused about how Christmas works: King of toys and
Finest Pies

Finest Pies

People wonder about what it would be like if a super-intelligent AI decided to place all of humanity in a realistic simulation. I wonder what it would be like if the simulation were built by today’s AI instead - whose computing power is somewhere around the level of an
How to begin a novel

How to begin a novel

Last year for National Novel Writing Month I trained a neural net called torch-rnn on 10,096 unique ways to begin a novel. It came up with some intriguing possibilities, my personal favorite being “I am forced to write to my neighbors about the beast.” But many of its sentences
I trained a neural net on my own book

I trained a neural net on my own book

I spent the last two years writing a book on AI. It’s called You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, and today it’s finally out! And since training neural nets on things is a large percentage of my blog, of course I had to find out
Halloween costumes by the neural net GPT-2

Halloween costumes by the neural net GPT-2

In my opinion, one of the best applications of neural networks is for generating Halloween costumes. Thanks to a dataset of over 7,100 costumes crowdsourced from readers of this blog, I’ve been able to generate Halloween costumes with progressively more powerful neural networks. In 2017, I used char-rnn,
A.I. versus confusing goose game

A.I. versus confusing goose game

There’s a game called Untitled Goose Game, in which you play as a horrible goose that wreaks various forms of mischief on some mild-mannered villagers. You have a to-do list of mayhem such as: Get Into the Garden Get the Groundskeeper Wet Steal the Groundskeeper’s Keys Make the
A.I.nktober: A neural net creates drawing prompts

A.I.nktober: A neural net creates drawing prompts

There’s a game called Inktober where people post one drawing for every day in October. To help inspire people, the people behind Inktober post an official list of daily prompts, a word or phrase like Thunder, Fierce, Tired, or Friend. There’s no requirement to use the official lists,
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