The bizarreness of Deep dreaming

Who are those creatures? Why do they live inside my kids drawing?
What kind of black magic is behind this?

I’m totally fascinated by this. First of all it’s one of my favorite drawings that my son Astor has ever done. He did this one when he was four years old. It looks like this:

Varelsen orginal drawing by Astor Maguid Lindahl

Pretty amazing I know. I call it “varelsen” which is creature in Swedish. He calls it something else, I honestly don’t remember exactly what.

Anyway. Yesterday I got an email from RealMac Software telling me about Deep Dreamer, an app in beta based on Googles totally bonkers rendering engine Deep Dream.

So I fed the app my sons drawing, fiddled with the controls a bit and started dreaming. This is what came out.

What?
Ok, now I’m really scared. And fascinated.

Wow. I can stare at this all day. It’s totally out there, mad stuff and at the same time it’s mesmerizing. Who are those creatures? Why do they live inside my kids drawing? What kind of black magic is behind this?

Thanks Realmac and Google for making me see the secret inside the drawing. I always knew there was more here than first meets the eye. Machine learning meets Varelsen. A bit scary but also totally fascinating.

We live in amazing times.

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