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Google AI Faces
By Graham Templeton on June 8, 2017
When you’re an A.I. researcher at Google, even your days off are filled with neural nets. Mike Tyka is a Google scientist who recently helped create the company’s DeepDream venture, but this week he posted details of a personal project that could someday make DeepDream seem primitive. That famous program works by basically blending together elements of other pictures, and then modifying that collage, but Tyka’s new approach takes the much more difficult and potentially rewarding path: teaching an A.I. to create all-new portraits from scratch.
“I don’t mind if the results are not necessarily realistic but fine texture is important no matter what even if it’s surreal but [high-resolution] texture,” Tyka commented Tuesday on his blog.
How It Works
The approach uses “generative adversarial networks” (GANs) to refine the A.I.’s abilities over time. GANs are neural networks that work in opposition to one another; one GAN draws a picture from scratch (the generative part) and another attempts to tell whether the picture is real or A.I.-generated (the adversarial part). The GANs will eventually trend toward better and better looking portraits, as one learns to trick its adversary network into misidentifying its creations as real. When this happens, the falsifying network learns from its mistake, and gets better at picking out false pictures in the future. In this way, both the generative and adversarial abilities of the system progress together, and one always keeps driving evolution in the other.

Read the full article with pictures HERE

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I've pushed the #unity3d project to GitHub that was used in the #vrdgh show. It has been much improved from the previous version. https://github.com/keijiro/Prisma

Photos and videos of the show are available from here http://radiumsoftware.tumblr.com/tagged/vrdgh4

Posted by Keijiro Takahashi on Monday, June 19, 2017

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WoodSwimmer from bfophoto on Vimeo.

A music video made entirely from wood for a song by bedtimes.xxx/music, WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element. The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branches. It is a straightforward technique but one which is brutally tedious to complete.

Thank you to colossal for the premiere! thisiscolossal.com/2017/06/woodswimmer-stop-motion-film/

More about the film at bfophoto.com/

More tunes at soundcloud.com/bedtimes

Photo prints of the images below are available at: bfophoto.com/#woodswimmer-section

WoodSwimmer

Posted on 06.19.17

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Gatorade built this technology from scratch just for an ad. 2,500 switches turn the water on and off, and motion capture tells it what to do. The results are incredible.

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Cassius ft. Cat Power Pharrell Williams | Go Up from DIVISION on Vimeo.

Directed by Alex Courtès • Produced by DIVISION™ for Ed Banger Records • Post by Home Digital Pictures

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Escape Route from Dirk Koy on Vimeo.

A 360° trip through photogrammed city pieces of Basel.
Fullscreen mode in Firefox or Chrome recommended.
Music: Boris Blank, yello.com
Animation: Dirk Koy, dirkkoy.com,
instagram.com/dirkkoy/

Escape Route by Dirk Koy

Posted on 06.07.17

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An old video but worth sharing again.

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.

Find out exactly how “Box” was created in our exclusive behind the scenes video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6…

http://www.botndolly.com/box

Box

Posted on 06.07.17

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Abstract Reaction from Mehdi Hadi on Vimeo.

experimental project called Abstract Reaction. It’s about style and exploration of different representations of a spherical form. By using different methods and textures (Particles,liquid,smoke etc) I tried to make every representation unique with its own dynamic and animation in an abstract way, without losing a round shape. My goal was to see how far I could go with a simple concept and I came up with 50? but for ediTing purposes and in order to stay dynamic, I preferred to show only 21 ( however I will showt the others in a breadown or a tutorial) Thank you and I hope that you’ll enjoy it
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Direction / Animation/ Design by Mehdi Hadi
Soundtrack: “Minimalism” by Fugu vibes
3D: Cinema 4D, Realflow, TurbulenceFD
Renderer: Octane Render,
Compositing: After Effects,
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Contact:
Mehdi, Hadi
Instagram: instagram.com/mehdi4d/
Mail: mehdi.hadi@free.fr

Abstract Reaction

Posted on 05.12.17

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Howler Monkey by Meier & Erdmann from Víctor Doval on Vimeo.

Official videoclip for the track Howler Monkey by Meier & Erdmann Released on the Moniker Eggplant Label (monikereggplant.net). Video created by Victor Doval (produccionesluminosas.com).

The video shows a landscape created synchronously with the music. The generation of the visuals is based on the sound spectrum. The diverse frequency bands have been used to algorithmically define the visual parameters such as geometries, materials and lightings.
Through this sonic analysis and spectral decomposition each element and texture of the track has been visually processed.
The whole sequence has been created in a procedural way where the definition of every part has been based on mathematical integrations.
To manage all this data flow I worked with Processing and Blender. The Blender add-on Sverchok has been the cornerstone in the creation and transformation of the geometry.

The initial idea came from the understanding of music as a temporal journey, a changing landscape that is perceived via the ears. The track Howler Monkey written and performed by Meier & Erdmann invites the listener to travel through the subjective/individual and the abstract.
The harmonic evolution of the track is associated with a 24 hour time lapse experienced in 290 seconds. From sunrise to sunrise the video offers a dreamy trip that opens doors for contemplation and to emotions the track might evoke.

Check Meier & Erdmann’s album – The ‘Howler Monkey’ LP: monikereggplant.bandcamp.com/album/howler-monkey

Check my other procedural works and gif experiments: blog.lightprocesses.com/

Check Meier & Erdmann on soundcloud: soundcloud.com/meierunderdmann