Do computers dream of electric dogs..?

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty in the media by now about Google’s Deep Dream algorithm, the artificial intelligence neural network that uses the power of computer servers as they “sleep” to do pattern recognition experiments.

In other words, computer dreams.

Well, I could hardly ignore the endless possibilities for creating strange pictures, so I fed a selection of my photos, some normal, some composite images into the dreamdeeply.com interface and waited to see what came out.

Dogs, that’s what came out, lots and lots of dogs.
Not sure why the system has such a canine fixation, but it seems to dream about them a lot.

Shots of people range from colourful and slightly distorted, to downright warped and disturbing.

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When you add a dog to the mix, things get rather peculiar…

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…but what happens when you give other animals the same treatment…

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…is nothing to what you get when the machines dream about old children’s TV favourite, Bagpuss.

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One of the most surprising results however, was from a photo of Marwood Hill gardens that I posted a few weeks ago.
No people or animals in the original picture, yet…

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…and when I offered it some iris flowers, it gave me this…

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…which I’d understand, if they were foxgloves.

And finally, I let it dream about some of the weirder pictures I’ve made, using multiple images and effects software.
Needless to say, they didn’t get any less weird.

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So there you go, computers dream about dogs and eyeballs.
Too much cheese before bedtime will do that.

{If you want to try giving the machines nightmares yourself, use THIS LINK and upload a photo.}

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