The virtual dreams of robots

When Robots Hallucinate

When a collection of artificial brains at Google began generating psychedelic images from otherwise ordinary photos, engineers compared what they saw to dreamscapes. They named their image-generation technique Inceptionism and called the code used to power it Deep Dream. But many of the people who saw the images reacted the same way: These things didn’t come from a dream world. They came from an acid trip. The computer-made images feature scrolls of color, swirling lines, stretched faces, floating eyeballs, and uneasy waves of shadow and light. The machines seemed to be hallucinating, and in a way that appeared uncannily human. ….[READ]

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