AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning

Tag: halloween

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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
Neural Horror Picture Show

Neural Horror Picture Show

(Images generated by BigGAN) Neural networks are a kind of machine learning algorithm that learn to imitate the examples I give them. They’re pretty good at picking up on the feel of craft beer names vs guinea pig names, or metal bands vs my little ponies. So they should
A neural network designs Halloween costumes

A neural network designs Halloween costumes

It’s hard to come up with ideas for Halloween costumes, especially when it seems like all the good ones are taken. And don’t you hate showing up at a party only to discover that there’s *another* pajama cardinalfish? I train neural networks, a type of machine learning
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