Last year, Google's DeepMind A.I. development house released a "tool" called DeepDream that let neural networks loose on innocent imagery, with truly terrifying results. Though it was hailed as a window into the secret experiences of A.I, in reality, DeepDream was a demonstration of just how primitive the mind of modern a A.I. really is. But could even an artificial intelligence be alien enough to pervert the peaceful, soothing imagery of the great Bob Ross? A new video titled "Deeply Artificial Trees," which applies DeepDream to every frame of a Bob Ross video, proves that the answer to this question is, well, yes. Further, it even applies the technique to the audio -- making the experience truly nightmarish.
Ever wondered what it would be like for artificial intelligence to trip-out while watching Bob Ross paint a pretty picture? This video was created by Alexander Reben, an engineer turned artist who uses technology to explore how machines are changing the human world and vice versa. It features an episode of the stoner-favorite television show The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross through Google's neural network DeepDream. DeepDream is a convolutional neural network, a style of computing inspired by the brain, that identifies and recognizes images and patterns. Most of the time, it's used to create nightmarish visions like these, but it's also a surprisingly insightful visualization that shows how computers "think" in regards to tasks like image classification and speech recognition.
He spoke alongside a series of images projected onto the wall that once held a movie screen, and at one point, he showed off a nearly 500-year-old double portrait by German Renaissance painter Hans Holbein. The portrait includes a strangely distorted image of a human skull, and as Agüera y Arcas explained, it's unlikely that Holbein painted this by hand. He almost certainly used mirrors or lenses to project the image of a skull onto a canvas before tracing its outline. "He was using state-of-the-art technologies," Agüera y Arcas told his audience. Neural networks are not only driving the Google search engine but spitting out art for which some people will pay serious money.
Google has brought the late artist Bob Ross back to life, but as a monster-faced figure in a'nightmare' world. An engineer filtered an episode of Ross's PBS television show'The Joy of Painting' through the artificial neural network DeepDream, which can'see' objects and animals that are not really there. The video shows a segment with Ross painting his iconic happy trees, but instead of seeing fluffy green bushels, viewers are presented with bug-eyed creatures on the canvas. Google has brought the late artist Bob Ross back to life, but as a monster-faced figure in a'nightmare' world. An engineer filtered an episode of Ross's PBS television show'The Joy of Painting' through the artificial neural network DeepDream, which can'see' objects and animals that are not really there The latest DeepDream project was created by Alexander Reben, who is an artist an engineer.