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Did you know there's a paper where they spent 3 weeks training a neural net to transform giraffes into birds?

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Would love to see these neural net generated court cases rendered by a real court artist.

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There's a whole class of weird US court cases against inanimate objects:

United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins
United States v One Solid Gold Object In The Form Of A Rooster

I decided to see what a neural net would make of them.

These candles don't (and probably shouldn't) exist.

I trained the neural net GPT-2 on just 72 descriptions of scented candles collected by Amy Pollien The neural net relied on its general internet training for the rest.

Scented candles from a neural net trained on 1000 existing candles

The neural net is based on math, so it is infallible. This is the future.

Here are some candy hearts written by the neural net GPT-2. It's one of the most powerful text-generating neural nets out there, but I don't think it really knows what is expected of a candy heart.

Boulder area folks!
I'll be at @boulderbooks, one of my favorite bookstores talking about You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Wed Feb 19 at 7:30
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Neural net + jello 


I have trained a neural net on a crowdsourced set of vintage jello-centric recipes

I believe this to possibly be the worst recipe-generating algorithm in existence

terrible neural net recipes 

Decided to see what would happen if I pitted neural net against neural net, asking the neural net GPT-2 to write recipes to go with a much simpler neural net's strange recipe titles

valiant attempt at "Crockpot Cold Water"

Huge thanks to everyone who recommended!

This is wizardry. I just TURNED UP THE RAIN.

it’s blocking the conversations happening mere feet away.

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Does anyone have a favorite source for white noise/ambient noise (like rain, fireplace, waves)?

I had no idea McMurdo got ships! That water's been frozen every time I've checked

Anyone have a good system for buying, storing, and listening to music? In particular, I'm interested in hearing from people who who buy a lot of CDs from artists who aren't in things like Amazon, iTunes, or Spotify. Do you have a method for accessing your library while you're traveling?

I decided to look back at 2019 in AI Weirdness, revisiting some of my favorite projects. I did this for 2018 too, but wow, what a lot has changed in a year!

Just finished the new Murderbot novel and it is EXCELLENT

i have never laughed so hard at a function name before

if you have never read the Murderbot Diaries series, you are in for a TREAT

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