|Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, Kyle McDonald/Flickr|
Google’s New Visualization Tool Slips Slimy and Furry Creatures into Art History
Claire Voon, Hypoallergic, July 7, 2015
Each layer of the network deals with features at a different level of abstraction, so the complexity of features we generate depends on which layer we choose to enhance. For example, lower layers tend to produce strokes or simple ornament-like patterns, because those layers are sensitive to basic features such as edges and their orientations.
"...overinterpret [...] oversaturated with snippets of other images."
|Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, @aut0mata /Twitter|
Phantasmagoric neural net visions
mindhacks.com, Jun 2015
[mindhacks always has the best explanations]
by using the neural networks “in reverse” they could elicit visualisations of the representations that the networks had developed over training.
pictures are freaky because they look sort of like the things the network had been trained to classify, but without the coherence of real-world scenes
The obvious parallel is to images from dreams or other altered states – situations where ‘low level’ constraints in our vision are obviously still operating, but the high-level constraints – the kind of thing that tries to impose an abstract and unitary coherence on what we see – is loosened. In these situations we get to observe something that reflects our own processes as much as what is out there in the world.
the code has been opened for all to use; let the dreaming begin