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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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i don't know if you've ever read any Philip K Dick but he often described overlapping time periods, simultaneously existing, sharing physical space. most of us can only see the time we are meant to see, in which we live. but some special, gifted or cursed, or insane people can see more than one time all around them. this is one of the things DeShaun's reflection shots pulls from my memory into my conscious mind. very thought provoking - can't say enough how much I love these abstractions of urban life.
 
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Another reflection shot, taken through the windows of an empty storefront. The result ended up creating doubled images in a single exposure. 
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What can we expect now Philae's woken up? http://ow.ly/Ok2vw
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yeah me too +Mike Coddington and the eternally rumored HL3
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Most hardcore gamers (and many regular people) agree Monopoly is a terrible game, for dozens of reasons. But all this hatred might not be the game's fault. As it turns out, we've been playing to game completely wrong. So, is Monopoly broken, or brilliant?
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wow. gameplay looks intense.
E3 hath bestowest the hype, and we shall await release dates with bated breath.
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i don't know if you've ever read any Philip K Dick but he often described overlapping time periods, simultaneously existing, sharing physical space. most of us can only see the time we are meant to see, in which we live. but some special, gifted or cursed, or insane people can see more than one time all around them. this is one of the things DeShaun's reflection shots pulls from my memory into my conscious mind. very thought provoking - can't say enough how much I love these abstractions of urban life.
 
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Amazing (weird indiscernible) stuff. Thanks Merrick!
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the book was one of a kind - the movie looks to be a blast.
 
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We finally have our first official footage of Ridley Scott’s adaptation The Martian, and we get to meet the crew of Ares 3 for the first time. In it, Matt Damon’s Mark Watney is as hilariously profane as his character is in Andy Weir’s novel.
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
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