Around a year ago, Christie’s, a British auction house, sold its first piece of computer-generated art, titled “Portrait of Edmond Belamy,” for a cool $432,500.

I have always been intrigued by the notion of computer-generated art. However, every time I try to think of the term, “computer-generated art” something seems off. Somehow, it sounds like an oxymoron to me. Let’s look at why. Here’s the definition of art from Google search:

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Portrait of Edmond Belamy

“Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” …

Are the machine learning models we use intrinsically flawed?

In 2014, a group of researchers at Google and NYU found that it was far too easy to fool ConvNets with an imperceivable, but carefully constructed nudge in the input. Up to this point, machine learning algorithms simply didn’t work well enough for anyone to be surprised when it failed to do the right thing. But by 2014, ConvNets had become powerful enough to start surpassing human accuracy on a number of visual recognition tasks.

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Source: Explaining and Harnessing Adversarial Examples, Goodfellow et al, ICLR 2015.

Let’s look at an example. We start with an image of a panda, which our neural network correctly recognizes as a “panda” with 57.7% confidence. Add a little bit of carefully constructed noise and the same neural network now thinks this is an image of a gibbon with 99.3% confidence! This is, clearly, an optical illusion — but for the neural network. You and I can clearly tell that both the images look like pandas — in fact, we can’t even tell that some noise has been added to the original image to construct the adversarial example on the right! …

20 books and 22 audiobooks

  • The Great CEO Within: The Tactical Guide to Company Building. Matt Mochary.
  • This Is Water. David Foster Wallace.
  • The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts. Shane Parrish.
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Yuval Noah Harari.
  • The Dip. Seth Godin.
  • On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines. Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee.
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  • Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Tim Ferriss.
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Anant Jain

Tech, startups, engineering, product design, etc. Now @brexhq . Past: Co-founder @commonlounge . @iitdelhi ’12. Moved from Medium to https://anantja.in

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