AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning

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A neural net names mushrooms

A neural net names mushrooms

When neural nets try to name things, the results can be indisputably weird. Every once in a while, I come across an arena where the human-invented names are every bit as strange as those a neural net can come up with. Often, scientists are to blame. Species of bird, snake,
Dungeon crawling or lucid dreaming?

Dungeon crawling or lucid dreaming?

I’ve done several experiments with a text-generating neural network called GPT-2. Trained at great expense by OpenAI (to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars worth of computing power), GPT-2 learned to imitate all kinds of text from the internet. I’ve interacted with the basic model, discovering
Your new XFL football teams

Your new XFL football teams

The XFL is a strange thing - an alternative American football league led by the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment where the regular football rules are altered for maximum entertainment value. On Wednesday, the XFL revealed the names and logos of the 20 teams that the league had created for
Tasty British snacks

Tasty British snacks

The other day this happened: I took it as a challenge. After all, a neural net prompted with existing cookie recipes managed to invent Hand Buttersacks, Apricot Dream Moles, Grandma’s Spritches, and Walps. I used talktotransformer.com to prompt a neural network called GPT-2 345M with a list of
The future of sparkling water

The future of sparkling water

Now that it’s summer, I’m inhaling flavored seltzers - you know, the carbonated waters that taste as if you’re drinking plain water while someone gently mists your face with mango juice. My favorite flavor is pink grapefruit, but I’m always a sucker for trying new flavors.
This is what tea will be like in The Simulation

This is what tea will be like in The Simulation

What would it look like if, in the distant future, a group of machine intelligences tried to make tea? Not just to brew tea, but to recreate the entire concept from long-forgotten synapses buried deep within the hidden layers of their virtual brains? To see what that might be like,
AIs named by AIs

AIs named by AIs

Neural networks can be good at naming things, I’ve discovered. Recently I’ve been experimenting with a neural network called GPT-2, which OpenAI trained on a huge chunk of the internet. Thanks to a colab notebook implementation by Max Woolf, I’m able to fine-tune it on specific lists
Once again, a neural net tries to name cats

Once again, a neural net tries to name cats

Last year I trained a neural net to generate new names for kittens, by giving it a list of over 8,000 existing cat names to imitate. Starting from scratch, with zero knowledge of English or any context for the words and letter combinations it was trying out, it tried
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