Google And Facebook Algorithms Are Making Psychedelic Art
Both Google and Facebook have created algorithms to produce some very trippy, yet convincingly realistic, random art.
When we say random art, we do not mean a nonsensical mishmash of colours. In fact, it is anything but. What we mean by random is that these new algorithms run wild in their creativity, yet still results in an image that looks like it was created by a human.
Each tech giant has a different way of creating these images. Facebook uses something akin to random vector, which is similar to how people with no artistic skill used to learn to paint. Its process consist of two algorithms. The first creates the image based on random vector, then a secondary algorithm assess whether the image looks realistic or not – whether it could pass for something created by humans. If it fails the test, it is rejected. The result is a convincing psychedelic image, often resembling buildings, animals, or landscapes.
According to experimentation with the algorithms:
“Around 40 percent of the samples generated by our class conditional LAPGAN model are realistic enough to fool a human into thinking they are real images,”
Google have a seemingly different approach. It is given an input, such as a photo of the sky, and then allows its neural networks to do the rest. Once again, it results in a convincingly psychedelic result that could easily pass as a work by a human artist.
Whilst we don’t think artists have to worry about computers ever taking away their passion as a source of income – art is about more than the simple visual image – it is still extremely impressive to see algorithms produce such stunning pieces.
-- UPDATE –
It would seem this awesome new function is moving fast! There is now a website you can go to in order to submit your own pictures for a psychedelic Google neural network makeover, as well as view the pictures submitted by other people.
All you need to do is go to dreamdeeply.com, submit a picture, and tell the network how long it has to come up with its new, trippy version. They then send you an email when it is ready! Some of the submissions are extremely impressive, so give it a try!