How can one not be excited by the future of machine learning?
We are our categories. This is illustrated beautifully by machine learning algorithms and their “free-association” pictures below.
It also makes us wonder whether neural networks could become a tool for artists—a new way to remix visual concepts—or perhaps even shed a little light on the roots of the creative process in general.
The work described shows the literality with which “training” encodes information into a machine learning system. Playing it back in reverse allows us to see recognizable but inhuman conceptual imprints that make the act of “recognition” possible. Wonderful.
Looks like imagination and memory are two sides of the same coin.