Google’s ‘Inceptionism’ Art Sells Big at San Francisco Auction

At least our technological overlords appreciate the arts.A group of 29 paintings made by Google artificial intelligence were sold at a charity auction in San Francisco over the weekend, with the priciest artwork of the night receiving an $8,000 winning bid, reports the Wall Street Journal.The paintings, which are almost like a computer’s dreams, are created using Google computers through a process its creators have dubbed “Inceptionism,” in reference to the “neural network architecture” proposal used in the project.Here, the computers’ artificial neural networks are designed to learn from example data. The networks are fed a large number of images, and over time are able to recognize visual patterns.Based on what the neural networks learn, they can create new works of art. The auction website describes this process as “essentially ‘imagining’ images based on the learned rules and associations.”Of…

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