Google's DeepDream Turned 'Fear and Loathing' into Truly Fear-Inducing Experience to Loathe

July 9, 2015

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Like the recent Terminator: Genisys--only successful, and with more artistic flair--Google's DeepDream algorithm foretells how learning computers will one day be our undoing we brought upon ourselves. You can read about it in detail here, but it's basically a complex code that visualizes an artificial neural network, and it's now being employed to, in a sense, make art through dream-like pattern recognition. When it sees something faintly recognizable, it visually enhances that, and through repeated iterations creates new, abstracted images. Or something like that.

The results are often colorful and sometimes beautiful. But just as often, they are psychedelic nightmares that feel like a terrible drug trip from which you will never escape. Fittingly, now someone has applied the process to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The effect is something that is both fantastically elevating and nauseatingly awful, but either way is worth experiencing once. Like a deep-fried Twinkie. Have a look:

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