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Abusing neural networks to generate images

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Over at the Google Research blog there's an interesting article on how neural networks can be abused to generate very psychedelic images.

The results are intriguing—even a relatively simple neural network can be used to over-interpret an image, just like as children we enjoyed watching clouds and interpreting the random shapes. This network was trained mostly on images of animals, so naturally it tends to interpret shapes as animals. But because the data is stored at such a high abstraction, the results are an interesting remix of these learned features.
Realmac has developed an OSX app to tinker with the technology. You can download a trail version on their website.  Here's my current Twitter avatar processed by the "animals" preset:

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