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Artificial Intelligence Can Create Faces Never Before Seen

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.

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Keijiro Takahashi takes stage visuals to another level with Unity 3D.

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

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

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Animation of human figure for Gatorade commercial using water and flash strobes

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

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 by Dirk Koy

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/

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Box

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