Once in a while the Palmer webcam zooms way in on some chunk of the antarctic landscape. This one's particularly nice.
Inept AI attempts to sound sexy Show more
In which a neural network struggles to name burlesque shows
My #Physics World article was published today, and I got to include lots of fun anecdotes of #machinelearning gone wrong. https://physicsworld.com/a/neural-networks-explained/
Not sure what this is we found in the woods. Fungus? Dangerous flatsquirrel?
I trained a neural network to invent new names for nail polish. Some of them are very strange indeed.
I trained a neural network to generate new names for fireworks. Here are a few of my favorites.
H/T Bruce Preston for the training dataset of Dutch fireworks
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Via @UKClimbing , the experts weigh in on the future of neural net-named climbing routes.
@McHaffieJames and Visual Chatbot would get along well.
Thanks to UKClimbing.com I had a database of over 427k rock climbing routes to feed to a neural network. It did pretty well. http://aiweirdness.com/post/175339699997/blue-boulders-problem-1-more-rock-climbing-routes
Visual Chatbot doesn't do knock knock jokes.
One fun thing I discovered about Visual Chatbot: no matter what the photo is of, it will always report there are at least a couple giraffes.
It learned from answers that humans gave, and apparently nobody ever asked "how many giraffes are there?" when the answer was zero.
New blog post: When Visual Chatbot is wrong, it just keeps digging itself a hole.
Visual Chatbot is so much fun.
New rock climbing routes in Boulder and Joshua Tree, generated by a neural network. I like that you can tell which list is which, if you're familiar with both areas.
I trained a neural network on more than 43,000 jokes and asked it to invent new jokes of its own. http://aiweirdness.com/post/174691534037/why-did-the-neural-network-cross-the-road
I trained a neural net to generate roller derby names & discovered it doesn't quite get the concept of puns. It's excruciating to watch it try.
Nice aurora show at the South Pole Station webcam right now! https://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/spWebCam.cfm
More on Kentucky Coffeetrees Show more
The whole tree reduces to the CUTEST stick in the winter, because each leaf is a two-foot compound bipinnate megastructure. Now each huge leaf complex is slowly unfolding and turning from golden to dark green.
The way the whole tree reduces to a few sticks, and the way it waits a really long time to unfurl its leaf-megastructures, has earned the Kentucky coffeetree its nickname "dead tree". So it's mastodon-loving AND metal.
Tree has floofed out a bit more by now.
Floof tree is coming back! Very Excited to plant this when I found out it's a remnant from the days of mastodons. It relied on MASTODONS!
It's a Kentucky coffeetree, currently native to a few swampy river drainage areas in the Midwest.
It's got super hard seed pods whose seeds don't germinate unless they're chomped open by megafauna.
Nowadays they only germinate if they fall in wetlands that can rot the pods open. That seriously restricted their range.