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All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with a internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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Quite a lovely day for an outing!
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So, if you've often suspected that "security questions" aren't the best defense against account hijacking, it turns out you're right.

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2015/05/new-research-some-tough-questions-for.html
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Why would I recall a code sent to me? It's usually a one time code.
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More office archaeology: 100 free hours of Internet access! New, unopened copy of CompuServe 2000! First come, first serve on that registration number.
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I don't have a magical closet.  I am simply a Packrat Of A Certain Age.  I'm going through boxes that haven't been opened in at least a decade.
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For the first time since I've been attending (2007, I think?), it's cloudy, cool, and overcast at Bay Area Maker Faire. This is a huge improvement. Good work on that weather machine!
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+Dan Morrill That's why I wore a hat.  The flower with the animated LED center was just a pretext.
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I was very sad to get this news today. I worked with Dan for many years on a variety of projects. He was always enthusiastic and thirsty for adventure. We talked the afternoon before he left for this trip, and he was hugely looking forward to it, especially after having one cancelled the previous year (also because of an avalanche).
 
I just had the immensely sad task of sending the following to all Google employees. My thoughts are with everyone in Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends.

"Early this morning, Nepal experienced the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Current reports are that over 1,000 people were killed. It's a terrible tragedy.

Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. +Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.

The Crisis Response team has launched Person Finder[1] for Nepal, and is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort. Google.org is committing $1M to the response, and we’ll have gift-matching available soon.  

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time."

[1] http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake
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Fingers crossed that they stay safe.
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I see that Maryland may be coming to its senses.
After a nationally debated case, Child Protective Services will get involved only if children are harmed.
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Slim Jims! The highlight of my week in the 70's -- dad would buy me a Slim Jim at the corner store, and then we'd watch Star Trek together. 
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The last irises of the season: Blue Rhythm and Before The Storm.
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Office Archaeology, hardware division. It boots!
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Palm Vx I think was the pinnacle of form for the standalone PDA. Treo (i had a 650) opened up the smart phone idea, but PalmOS just couldn't handle it; I drilled a hole on the back so I could reset it without popping the case open. Inability to execute fast enough on WebOS killed them. Now many of the Palm folks work in Android.

Small prediction: Android in more tiny devices like watches for more narrow but seamless applications. Appliances if you will. My problem is that I really can't wear a watch, and I can't think of anywhere else to wear something except perhaps a pocket watch or a torc; come hither, science fiction wardrobes!
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I didn't actually make it to the office, or I would have!
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In May 1970, students protesting the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces, clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen on the Kent State University campus. When the Guardsmen shot and killed four students on May 4, the Kent State Shootings became the focal point of a nation deeply ...
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I was about to turn 6, in Cleveland (about half an hour away).  If I recall correctly, shortly after the shootings, my family went to visit one of my mother's college friends who was going to KSU at the time.  In any case, it was very much "local news" in Cleveland, and made an impression on me even at a very young age.
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I can't judge the lunch buffet (I don't expect great food at any buffet, to be honest), but the food at dinner has been consistently delicious every time I've eaten here. The fragrant and spicy curries and vindaloos are better than any other Indian restaurant in the area.
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