The Nightmare Machine: Scary or Not?

Quartz: “A series of algorithms dubbed the Nightmare Machine is an effort to find the root of horror by generating ghoulish faces, and then relying on user feedback to see which approach makes the freakiest images … Each “scary” or “not scary” vote in MIT’s game pulls the best fit line slightly in some direction: more teeth, paler skin, darker background. With enough information, the AI could theoretically generate the sum of human fears.”

“While it’s a fun game around Halloween, the project also shows how quickly AI research is progressing. The two main techniques used in the project, style transfer and generative adversarial networks, were published in papers only last year. Now the technology is easy enough to implement in a novelty project made by just three computer scientists.” Here’s a link to the project.


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