Beautalyzer
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May 30, 2016
The Beautalyzer explores the potential for collaborative learning between people and machines. An interactive video wall displays the inner workings of a learning algorithm, which attempts to recognize the beauty of images. Participants are given the responsibility to teach the algorithm what is beautiful, by labeling images according to their aesthetic judgment. Simultaneously, viewers are given a vivid illustration of how the algorithm ‘sees’ an image. The installation is comprised of 10 wall-mounted LCD screens, a viewer-facing video camera, and 3D printed tactile interfaces. Machine learning is an increasingly important part of our lives, influencing the news we read, the people we meet, and the things we buy. The Beautalyzer hopes to pry open this black box of artificial intelligence. The imagery generated from inside this computer brain can be captivating, shocking and hilarious; regardless it offers us a cybernetic insight into the nature of beauty and perception.
Tags: Art Computer Vision Interactive Installation Convolutional Neural Network

Images

Cats and Dogs and Brooklyn Bridges
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Two networks, one trained on cat images, the other trained on dog images both hallucinate...
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Sunrise 3 Networks
Sunrise 3 networks
Three different networks hallucinate on an image of the sun rising over the East side of ...
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Main St Gallery
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The Beautalyzer at the Main St Laboratory Gallery in Spokane, Washington.
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Family Dinner Spokane
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The installation first showed at the 'family dinner' at the Richmond Art Collective durin...
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Movies

Beautalyzer Video Documentation
Video documenting several installations of Beautalyzer and the type of imagery it can gen...