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Tag: halloween

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AI-generated lumpy candy bars next to wrapped candy bars reading "Bunger", 'Santkeber", and "Sunger"

AI generated halloween candy

One of the things I'm enjoying about text-to-image generators like DALL-E2 is how it has stuff about common brands in its training data, but it still manages to completely garble them. Please enjoy these DALL-E2 attempts at Halloween candy favorites. Prompt: "Product photo of a fun-sized butterfinger candy bar"Product
Botober 2022 neural net generated art prompts: animals! Including Kiwifish, Clam Cat, and Golden forearmadillo

Botober 2022: draw, human, draw!

For a couple of years now I've been using neural networks to generate daily drawing prompts. With today's text-generating neural networks far too large to finetune on a list of existing prompts, I've turned to other methods. One method that works surprisingly well is to just ask. AIs like GPT-3,
I'm dressing as a vampire for Halloween! More impressive:I shall be displaying my vampiric prowesses at a Halloween carnaval

How to improve your Halloween costume

I've amused myself before by getting GPT-3 to change one kind of text into another. With just a few style-change examples, I got it to change the Winnie the Pooh theme song into this: In the uncanny depths of the Hundred Acre Wood is the place where the great wizard
How to haunt and unhaunt a house

How to haunt and unhaunt a house

What do you get if you instruct an AI to turn a house into the most haunted house in the world? What if you ask it for the LEAST haunted house? How does an AI know what "haunted" looks like, anyways? I did some experiments with CLIP+VQGAN (link and
Botober 2021: plz draw the AI a sluggalope

Botober 2021: plz draw the AI a sluggalope

One of my favorite things ever is when AI instructs people to do silly creative things, and the humans gamely play along. For a couple of Octobers now I've used various AI models to generate daily #botober drawing prompts, and I've been amazed by the sheer creativity with which artists
High-visibility costumes for distanced viewing

High-visibility costumes for distanced viewing

I’ve used neural networks to generate Halloween costumes in the past, but the early ones struggled with their complete lack of context for the training data. Why is Statue of Liberty a plausible costume yet Statue of Pizza isn’t? Those neural networks, which had to learn to spell
Easy Halloween treats generated by AI

Easy Halloween treats generated by AI

Doing a Halloween party? Need to bring a festive food? Advanced artificial intelligence is here to help. After all, some say that large neural networks like GPT-2, which trained on huge collections of text from the internet, have therefore absorbed huge amounts of the world’s knowledge. They therefore ought
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,
The creepiest images generated by BigGAN

The creepiest images generated by BigGAN

Writing to you from deep inside the Uncanny Valley, I present to you some hand-selected images generated by an algorithm called BigGAN. This algorithm looks at example images of a bunch of different objects and then tries its best to figure out how to generate more of them. Because the
It’s neural net Halloween costume time

It’s neural net Halloween costume time

People use neural networks for translating languages, recommending movies, delivering ads, and more, but this here is one of my favorite applications: utter surrealism. Last year I trained a neural network on 4,500 Halloween costumes that you readers helped me collect. This year, I teamed up with the New
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