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A Neural Network Turned a Book of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art
Image courtesy Chris Rodley The estate of M.C. Escher may have just lost its lucrative stranglehold on the dorm room poster market thanks to artist Chris Rodley, who used a deep learning algorithm to merge a book of dinosaurs with a book of flower paintings.
The results are magnificent, and deserve a spot on the walls of our finest art galleries. This isn’t the first time Rodley has dabbled with a deep learning A.I. to create art. Using a website called Deepart.io, which is powered by an algorithm developed by Leon Gatys and a team from the University of Tübingen in Germany, Rodley previously merged a Trump family photo and various Muppet characters, with nightmarish results. The Deepart.io algorithm differs from what Google’s Deep Dream does by applying features of an artist’s visual style to another image, preserving recognizable details and features and using them to rebuild the target image from scratch. Image courtesy Chris Rodley The flowered dinosaurs are arguably Rodley’s most striking example of this algorithm at work, but merging still-life paintings of fruits and vegetables with dinosaurs also works remarkably well, creating a collection of prehistoric beasts that look like they belong on a poster designed to promote healthy eating habits to children. Image courtesy Chris Rodley Not all of Rodley’s deep learning experiments produce masterpieces, however. These dinosaurs merged with tall ships really only work when the sails recreate the series of armored plates that run down a stegosaurus’ spine.
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