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LASER Talk Series

  • University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA, 94117 United States (map)

The surprising truth behind artificial intelligence is that Mind emerges from the environment. In 2015 a team at Google led by Alexander Mordvintsev released the first "Deep Dream" images to an amazed internet. These were instantly recognizable as photographs of the psychedelic experience. The algorithm is a dozen lines of code. It exaggerates a provided picture using habits the machine has learned. It's a deterministic process. For any given image, the machine constructs the same hallucination every time. Although the algorithm is predictable, the world is not.

I create video installations that show the world to a learning machine through a live camera. Deep Dream Vision Quest is a neural image synthesizer that creates multiplayer hallucinations. In this talk I describe how I use stagecraft, creative coding, and game design to make pictures of Minds.

Earlier Event: April 7
The 4th LAST Festival
Later Event: October 4
LASER Talk Series