What is Google DeepDream? | Darkology #21

What is Google DeepDream? | Darkology #21


Inceptionism is a bizarre phenomenon that
has recently popped up in the internet world. Created by Google in 2014, it consists of
dream-like hallucinogenic images developed by a computer vision program called DeepDream. The program uses an advanced AI system known
as a convolutional neural network. But that’s not exactly a term we hear very
often. So what exactly is DeepDream and how does
artificial intelligence come into play? When you hear the word “dream”, you’d
be inclined to think about those vivid experiences we manifest while we’re asleep. However DeepDream in this context, refers
to a program designed to categorize images. It’s the way this machine learns. A convolutional neural network is a specific
type of AI made up of computing systems based on the biological neural networks found in
animal brains. That is to say, they’re modeled to learn
in a way similar to how we learn. The name “deep dream” comes from the concept
of deep learning. It’s the process a neural network goes through
to actively analyze things. And though it has very little to do with how
our own biological neurons work, we might gain a better understanding by looking at
how we learn. Two educational psychologists by the names
of Ference Marton and Roger Säljöl suggest that we humans have two different approaches
to learning: a surface approach and a deep approach. In humans, the concept of surface learning
is how we memorize parts of information that we might be questioned about later. In contrast, our process for deep learning
involves actively searching for the meaning of information. In regards to machines, deep learning is more
like a series of fine-tuning based on a set of probabilities and conditions. An algorithm. And we see the practical uses of this sort
of programming, throughout the internet. It’s how the internet detects content that
might be pornographic. Or how a YouTube video might be demonetized
for using certain keywords or songs. Another example: you might have noticed the
presence of an artificial intelligence and how it “learns” on Facebook, where AI
automatically tags uploaded pictures with the names of the people in them. With regards to DeepDream, artificial neural
networks are programmed to analyze specific patterns within images. They learn to recognize and identify similar
patterns in other images. And in cases where they’re being trained
to detect specific objects, they’re exposed to millions of images containing the desired
object. What DeepDream does is take this a step further,
by repeatedly analyzing the details in an image over and over again in multiple layers,
drastically enhancing the patterns it detects each time, until we get something like this: So how does an AI make new visual connections
to specific objects from basic patterns? Well, you might’ve heard of certain songs
that when played backwards or in slow motion, have random noises or strange messages from
obscure voices. Perhaps you thought you saw Jesus in your
morning toast. Or perhaps you were looking at a forest one
day and thought you saw a face lurking in the patterns of light and shadow. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon
where we look at an image or we hear a sound, and our minds interpret a familiar pattern
when there isn’t one. Skeptics often attribute pareidolia for why
some of us might see ghosts or even shadow people. It’s derived from the Greek words para,
meaning “beside or instead of” (in thiscase meaning something wrong), and eidolon,
which is the noun for image, form and shape. You could say that DeepDream uses algorithmic
pareidolia to create these bizarre, dream-like images. It’s designed to detect faces and other
patterns in images, and automatically classifies those images within its algorithm. And as you can see, this makes for some rather
unsettling sights to behold- especially since the AI often seems to detect target patterns
within photos that aren’t really there. This all seems rather complicated though. Why is it that these artificial visualizers
tend to create objects in images that weren’t originally there? According to a Google research blog posted
by its own software engineers, when an image is given to the neural network: “We ask the network, “whatever you see
there, I want more of it!” This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks
a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize
the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird
appears, seemingly out of nowhere.” This “over-interpretation” is similar
to how we as children might watch the clouds and interpret random shapes from them. Since DeepDream was trained mostly on animal
images, it naturally translates shapes into animals. It’s also why you might see it change a blank
horizon into a city skyline, probably made of eyes. The common presence of eyes in all animals
might explain why the DeepDream seems to be so fixated on seeing them in almost any pattern. Neural networks seem to grant us a new channel
for both creating and understanding abstract art. When I look at the vibrant, alien-like compositions
and landscapes of what these artificial minds create- I’m reminded of the mysterious unknown
prevalent in Lovecraftian lore. The study into neural networks seems to have
only just begun, but it does appear to grant us insight into what our AI has learned about
our world- as well as what that could mean for AI advancing in the future. And from this, we may even be able to draw
parallels into understanding how our own organic minds visualize the universe around us. I would like to explore the powerful psychological
effects these images might have on us, but that’s a video for another day. If you’d like to learn more about this topic,
I’ve left some neat sources in the description below. And if you’d like to see what odd images
the DeepDream engine sees in your photos, you can visit the DeepDream generator which
I’ve left a link to in the description below. So what do you think of DeepDream? Let me know in the comments below. And as always, thanks for watching. Wanna see more? Click here to checkout the official Darkology playlist!

100 thoughts on “What is Google DeepDream? | Darkology #21”

  • My mind is always on the cloud, no need for drugs.
    I just found out about deep dream but I had encountered Cyriak before.
    I like it, would be nice if plants were used as well . 😄

  • spinzaar gledhill says:

    this is called fractal vision, something that I actually developed. You may not believe me, But it is part of, a small part of a dee pRogram Called fl☆g, DNAnalysis Unilateral Triangle. It can be used as a mind control language, mind expansion, and also telepath distribution in surface area meditation. You may not be able to understand what i am saying, but this method is an evolution of The surealist Paraniod Critical method. Walt disney company has uses this to mind control many generations of children. when you see an image of an animal, talking and acting like a human it reprograms DNA telepaths, or at least sends a message through to a receptive film, that colors the fractal image. It is important to understand mind control and programing. I get very little credit for the work i have done, but if anyone has questions I could answer them. The reason I got into AI was was purely philosophical.

  • its extremely ominously similar to the kind of visions you may get during a psychedelic experience. Maybe it's closer to the way our minds work than we think?

  • TO EACH ITS OWN :BUT FOR ME WHAT I GOT OUT THIS VIDEO IS THAT IS THAT IF A AI CAN CREATE IMAGES OUT OF OTHER IMAGES THAT ARNT THERE WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT EACH ONE OF US IF WE AS A COLLECTIVE DESIGNED ENGINEERED & PROGRAMED IT? : I THINK THIS IS A LESON , NO MATER WHAT YOUR REALITY IS YOU CAN COMMANDED YOUR SELF TO SEE REFLECTION OF THE DESIRED REALITY YOU WISH OVER AND OVER AGAIN EACH TIME SLIGHTLY MORE DETAILED UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY SEE THAT REALITY FORM.THUS CREATING AN IMAGE OR REALITY OUT OF ONE THAT PREVIOUSLY WAS NOT THERE. TO ME THIS AI IS DEMONSTRATING WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH BY USEING OUR OWN GOD GIVIN GIFTS OF IMAGINATION CREATIVE VISUALIZATION AN THE ABILITY TO FREELY CHOSE WHAT WE DESIRE TO SEE IN OUR IMAGINATION WE UNLOCK THE POWER OF OUR OWN MINDS TO UNFOLD THE PATH TO THAT REALITY WE WISH TO EXPERIENCE AND LIVE.I SEE HOW THIS CAN COME OFF SCARY TO SOME BUT TO ME ITS BEAUTIFUL .THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS WHAT EACH ONE OF US IS CAPABLE SO IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION DISTRACTED AN NOT ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT EXACTLY THEY CHOOSE TO PAY ATTENTION TO.LIKE 2PAC SAID THE WORLD DOSENT NEED MORE ENTERTAINERS THE WORKD NEED MORE THINKERS.AN THIS MADE ME THINK LOL

  • When people take small doses of lsd they’re brain becomes more receptive to patterns. This is just like seeing birds in the clouds as a kid or such. This means your brain is more apt to learn these things. Iv been saying for years psychedelics and AI will be tool for researching consciousness.

  • Here's what I think some benefits from this DeepDream function might be…
    – By learning the mechanism of perceptions, we will become more aware of, and better at avoiding, the false generalizations we constantly make (not just visual, but in all senses)
    – Consequently, we'll pursue lines of thought more truthfully without as much diversion and distraction.
    – Also, because we understand the mechanism better, we'll much better be able to 'contrive' desired experiences from fundamental imagery or other input, that is, educate more precisely/effectively.
    – DeepDream seems to offer a lawful , non-drugs, fabulous new brain scrambling tool, as good as MDMA/LSD/Ketamine for shaking loose from fixed ideas, e.g…
    º Post trauma stress memories, curing the person (MDMA in low doses, even a single dose, has been shown to do that according to Steven Kotler )
    Article about PTSD… http://www.dicksimon.com/psychedelic-medicines/
    Article on what those drugs do…. https://sapiensoup.com/psychedelic-experience
    º Similarly, any habit a person wants to escape.
    º Brilliant, important new open-mindedness about everything, giving new creativity in all domains, including all industry innovative thought, as well as all the arts.
    Within perhaps minutes of using DeepDream, the user is likely to emerge with radically new, good ideas that entirely revolutionize a product or activity. Equivalent to inventing the wheel, or shoes.
    – If you know of such experimenting, I'd be interested to hear about them. Thanks for posting the video.

  • I am dying laughing at the bad voiceover dub you did your lips haaaaardly synth with your voice hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Good information regardless

  • I draw dog faces and eyes on everything in third grade, I get in trouble. A computer draws dog faces and eyes on everything and it’s the best thing ever, apparently.

  • Eterna Pesadilla says:

    3:33 "and our minds interpret a familiar pattern when there is'nt one ." Not true. The pattern is there. That is why we see it. I believe what you meant to say was "and our minds interpret a familiar pattern even though what that pattern represents is'nt phisically present."

  • Copitzky Michael says:

    When you've seen a number of shops in your day, these patterns aren't really that impressive. Just let me import pictures of myself to have fun…

  • I have been in IT for 35-years. There is no such thing as "AI." I am also from Hollywood – so I know first hand what evil truly is. What we are told "AI" is – actually is "demon possession." I do not know if this link is real, but its darn close: https://www.youtube.com/user/nasajim108

  • I didn't see beauty there at all. What I see is creepy and macabre! disturbing to me. A pictorial night mare!
     I wouldn't want these images plastered over my walls or imprinted on my brain.

  • Jennifer Bonneville says:

    In pursuit of truth channel brought me here after a deep dream Google search. I'm not sure what to think of this. Creepy but fascinating at the same time. #TheGreatAwakening

  • THE JOHNiVERSE says:

    Fantastic video. We are all living in the deep dream. Suns are the neurons of the Convolutional Neural Network of God's mind.

  • MesserGaniator says:

    I always see these eyes on acid. But I feel like they are watching over me. While sober, they seem somehow scary and disturbing, but in retrospect I've always liked them.

  • Reminds me of when I get "lsd" flashbacks and people's eyebrows turn into a second set of eyeballs. Only certain things trigger that now, low res videos and high color saturation for example.

  • Great video, but I find that lip syncing to your own voice is very distracting and a bit uncanny. Still, keep it up 🙂

  • I feel like if you strapped someone in VR in a loop of random generationa by this, theyd be mentally insane within 24 hours

  • JubeProductions says:

    That's all great but we use to have something similar to deepdream when we were teenagers…. It was called LSD. I remember seeing even more intense hallucinations off blotter acid. It was amazing because it was a few micrograms of lysergic acid diethylamide could make your brain see these things that you knew wasnt real.

  • I can't help but think what if.. What if there is some sort of deep programming going on that I'm not aware of while I am watching…It's comforting & beautiful but that may be the 'hook'

  • Facebook/Alphabet Co. darpa lifelog is see.eye.aye. they tryna roll out a techno-corporate slave state. Quantum cosmic Witchcraftery. Mass weaponized mindcontrol Evil.

  • why does ai deep dream look like a 100% representation of my peak in an acid trip, i see those exact weard faed red and green lines that fade edges, and those exact weird fractal surrounded black eye/dots over random things

  • Grant Sayranian Music says:

    Huh…so when we let an AI go on its own it produces lovecraftian imagery. Which is ancient demonic entities. Do i need to say more? Bro

  • Hallucinogenesis says:

    Deep Dream is boring. I began Hallucinogenesis in 1985. I did not know what to call it, however. I named it Hallucinogenesis in 1993. I AM Hallucinogenesis. See here for a gif in which I hallucinogenerate on top of my own hallucinogeneration called "Grey Matter"

    http://hallucinogenesis.com/GM_gif.html
    http://hallucinogenesis.com
    http://hallucinogenesis.com/Enigma.html

  • Check out the recent Science Friday NPR podcast about AI image generator plugged into a monkey’s brain. I think you’ll find the parallels between that and deep dream’s feedback loop pretty fascinating.

  • Phoenix Semorata says:

    I absolutely love DeepDream stuff, it honestly makes things look really cool to me. I hope DeepDream will always be around because it's something I love using and seeing other people use. One of the most interesting things I've seen it used for so far is putting all the textures of a game through DeepDream. It made some very unique gameplay and I hope someday I can do that to a game I play too. Imagine the textures of Minecraft being put through DeepDream, that could be quite interesting and make a possible challenge since enemies would blend in and some blocks would look the same.

  • EXCORCISM B.C. says:

    But will ai ever be ever to feel love and get high, feel like stabbing the sky or the exileration of pornography i think not eat a dick robots lord wheres that meteor ive been wishing for

  • Big Billy Goat Gruff says:

    i think they are projecting this at frequencies that are interfacing with human perception…. people are starting to see this in ambient space, trees, sky, etc…. jmo…. any thoughts out there on this theory????

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