Google’s Dream Robot Can Create Art

In case you didn’t know technology has come such a long way that now Google’s dream robot can create art. If you haven’t noticed the hype around the psychedelic pictures that have been all over the internet, in this article we’ll break down the process that is behind the software that powers Deep Dream, the weird photos and we’ll  try to answer the question on everyone’s lips: do computers have imagination? You can wait a little longer before hitting that imaginary panic button in your mind. The Deep Dream robot is far away from taking over the world, and just because it can deliver a few picture invariably embellished with puppy images, it does not mean we’ll all soon be its slaves.

Google's Dream Robot Can Create Art

In order to understand the concept behind Google’s Deep Dream robot, let’s take a closer look at what it does step by step, how it can “create art” and how it learns to distinguish images one from another. You’re probably familiar with Google’s image recognition feature. We’re talking about that one that allows you to google a picture of your washing machine in an attempt to find its instructions manual online.

Still with me? Moving on… The image recognition software uses hundreds of reference pictures for comparing it to the picture to be recognized. How does it do that? After looking at dozens of pictures of a watermelon, the software starts to understand that a watermelon is usually round, green with stripes, that it has a red interior dotted with black seeds.

Google's Dream Robot Can Create Art

Let’s say you upload an image of a cake, the software will go ahead and try to find a reference picture by identifying the similarities. But let’s say you tell the software to look for a dog in a picture that doesn’t have a dog. It will identify whatever looks remotely as a dog and let you know it’s found it. Can you see where this is going now? The program will transform all the features that look a little bit like a dog into even more prominent feature, adding puppy faces here and there.

By feeding an image through a layer of artificial neurons, images can become more and more distorted until they don’t look like their source at all anymore. The software just enhances particular features, for examples edges, adding noise and morphing everything together.

Google's Dream Robot Can Create Art

Experimenting with Deep Dream was certainly fun for the Google team but it’s infinitely more fun for the internet to play with it. After Google realized the software can be used to generate images of the things it had previously recognized, a spark became a blazing fire. Deep Dream is still a few painting lessons away from delivering visually appealing content, but it’s still weirdly insane to have a peek inside a software’s dreams.

What really raised waves on the internet was Google releasing the code for the system online. So you’re just steps away from uploading a selfie and watching it transform into an image that will look like a Dali painting. Curious to see how others are having fun with Google’s Dream software? Check out #DeepDream on any social media and prepare to be blown away. Also, prepare to see a lot of puppies mashed in landscape pictures.

Google's Dream Robot Can Create Art

While we’re having fun uploading baby pictures and metamorphosing them into crawling things, we’re missing the bigger picture at hand here. This artificial intelligence program is a glimpse into our future. This could possibly further develop and turn into a powering tool that can help us evolve and explore new horizons.

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ParisTexas: A Splicing of Insects and Musical Instruments

Warning: this post is not for those with a fear of insects. Come to think of, it is not for those with a fear of musical instruments either. The two – insects and musical instruments, not people with a fear of them – are boldly juxtaposed in a spectacularly inventive branding scheme for Copenhagen-based fashion store ParisTexas. The design above, for example, genetically splices a beetle, the kind you’ll find crawling around your backyard, with a trumpet, the kind you’ll find in the brass section of an orchestra.

Denmark-based design agency Scandinavian DesignLab were set the challenge of creating a distinct and unique identity for the clothing retailer that would set a new trend rather than follow a pre-existing one, representing the originality of ParisTexas’ clothing line. “The assignment involved creating an identity that breaks with the traditional thinking behind identities and by extension supports a sense of unique, international exclusivity and underground style,” explains the design agency’s official website.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say they have succeeded – have you ever seen anything like this? Well, not in a David Cronenberg movie, I mean. If you don’t suffer from entomophobia or melophobia (google them), check out the rest of Scandinavian DesignLab’s series below. [Read more…]

Take a Trip Down the Amazon River with Google Street View

If, like my shut-in/hermitised self, you have never ventured anywhere near the Amazon or Rio Negro Rivers of north-west Brazil, but have always wished to do so, fret not: the internet has provided the next best thing. Thanks to those wonderful people over at Google Street View, you can now trek your way through the tropical trees of the Amazon rainforest, wander down the paths of the village of Tumbira, visit the other local communities of the Rio Negro Reserve, and, even more amazingly, take a boat trip down the Rio Negro River, all from the spacious comfort of your very own living room – no having to deal with the scorching heat or those pesky piranhas! [Read more…]

Top 10 Reasons to Shell Out 16 Bucks to See Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D

by Will Conley

Best movie tagline ever.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D hits theaters today. In case you haven’t heard of the film, it’s a remake of the hit 1999 sci-fi classic, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 2D.

Like the original, the remake features all your favorite characters engaging in such crackling dialog as:

“Meesa meesa!”
“I vote to impeach Natalie Portman. If you know what I mean.”
“Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, something about trade routes, yadda yadda, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

We at This Blog Rules feel that this re-release is exactly what the Star Wars franchise needs, and that there will be many surprises in this new, more three-dimensional-y version of the movie you saw and previously didn’t like because you are an ignorant donkey.

But those of you who pay close attention to Things Happening Around You may be aware that Episode I gets a lot of flack from armchair movie critics who have never been in a real pod race and would therefore have no real-world knowledge on which to base their cruel and accurate criticisms of the film. [Read more…]

When Larry met Sergey [Infographic]

From humble beginnings to NASDAQ juggernaut, Google has a rich and storied history. This interactive graphic explores the journey of two tech geniuses and how they’ve changed the world since they first met in the mid 1990’s. Have a look, and tell us what you what you think about it in the comment section.

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