Intelligence specialist. I’m no Jedi, but I know a few mind tricks…

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How it was made

The piece was created using an AI technique known as neural style transfer (Gatys et al. 2015) where a ‘source’ image has a ‘style’ applied to it. Here, I used a photograph of my eye post-Lasic (hence the blood just to the left of the iris) and applied a blue crystalline style to get the sharp edges.

Behind the name

The piece “Soul Beauty” is a portmanteau of the phrases “eyes are the window to the soul” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. What is conveyed by this AI-crystallised photo focusing on an imperfect eye is that vision can take the reflective property of crystals: while we use eyes to see others, they also allow others to see us. This allows us to both see others’ beauty and reveal our own. However, there will always be imperfections both in the source and the target; the eye here is bloodshot after an operation and crystals always have cracks. …


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Starry Durbz — style transfer of Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and then super-resolutioned

We were thrilled with those who joined us at the Deep Learning Indaba𝕏 South Africa 2019. Judging by the feedback, we have become the premier opportunity for students, researchers, and industry to come together from around the country to learn, share, and grow machine learning in South Africa plus beyond.

  • Upload your photos to our album and share those beautiful moments!
  • Read the pdf report and see where we went right, wrong, and where we are going!
  • Watch the talks you missed, or revisit what you loved, on Youtube.
  • We even made a documentary!
  • If you are interested in being an organiser for 2020, please join the Discord group as a way to show interest (no commitment by joining). …


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I am glad to see much-needed growth in AI within South Africa and across Africa over the past few years; with accelerating potential.

Judging from organising and speaking at the recent Deep Learning IndabaX Western Cape and attending the Deep Learning Indaba (2nd edition upcoming in Stellenbosch, Cape Town — including wine tasting!), I already directly see such talent and growth.

I have been privileged to talk at and/or organise a number of awesome events with the support of MIIA, Executive ML, Meetups, UCT, AIMS, and others.

The topics range from chatbots to general AI’s limits & impact to a computational neuroscience introduction. …


A mini-hackathon of the Root [Insurance] API platform

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MARK 1 housed at MIT— First programmable computer in the United States. Not used during the hackathon, but the first steps to innovation nonetheless.

For those familiar with hackathons, this was anything but. 7 hours, 4 people, 1 team, 0 ‘winners’. But what we gained was invaluable insight into the platform and its potential — plus next steps into user validation.

A neuroscientist, UX designer, mathematician, and programmer walk into the dedicated Make Space, courtesy of Offerzen’s awesome Make Team: Ben, Helene, and Stephen.


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We think, decide, and act every day. How do you make them matter?

We are extraordinarily well-versed in thinking, but what makes someone’s thoughts leadership-quality? Why are some sources of opinions more authoritative than others? Which is more important: the idea or the person?

While it is impossible to definitely answer these - and a good amount of literature exists discussing these topics - we can explore how to make you and your ideas stand out among your peers: how to become a thought leader. And perhaps, along the way, we can find some potential answers.

Defining Thought Leadership

Contemporary definitions of thought leadership are typically criticised as “meaningless management speak” because there is no clearly accepted definition. Furthermore, a thought leader is often seen as something someone just is rather than something to become; a status rather than a goal. …


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By Andy Dingley (Author’s own photo) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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I felt Medium was missing something…

A “Hello, World!” post to get introduced!

Hi, I am Chris and I enjoy long axons and deep neural networks…

Technology and science are my greatest passions, with special interest in artificial intelligence, computational neuroscience, and everything in between.

I study, work, live, and breath intelligence and intelligent systems.

On Medium and blog.chriscurrin.com I shall be sharing information on my passions and my general interests.

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