Optimising for beauty - the erasure of heterogeneity and an appeal for a Bayesian world view

http://www.memo.tv/portfolio/optimising-for-beauty/, 2017

Short version

An artificial neural network dreams up new faces whilst it’s training on a well-known dataset of thousands of celebrities. Every face seen here is fictional, imagined by the neural network based on what it’s seeing and learning. But what is it learning?

Long version

An artificial neural network dreams up new faces whilst it’s training on a well-known dataset of thousands of celebrities. Every face seen here is fictional, imagined by the neural network based on what it’s seeing and learning. But what is it learning?

Acknowledgements

Made using the ‘CelebA’ dataset and Variational Autoencoders

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Memo Akten

Memo Akten

computational ar̹͒ti͙̕s̼͒t engineer curious philomath; nature ∩ science ∩ tech ∩ ritual; spirituality ∩ arithmetic; PhD AI×expressive human-machine interaction;