31 Oct 2016

The Nightmare Machine

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:13 pm on 31 October 2016
Scary faces created by the Nightmare Machine

Scary faces created by the Nightmare Machine Photo: http://nightmare.mit.edu/

A team of scientists have created a terrifying machine.

It's an artificial intelligence algorithm that teaches other computers how to terrify us, and how to create new images to scare us as well.

Dr Manuel Cebrian Ramos is from the Australian research unit Data61 and he teamed up with colleagues at MIT to work on the Nightmare Machine.

He says many people fear what computers might do in the future, such as take their jobs. So they took a literal take on the scary future of machines.

They began by transforming images of well known locations into sinister ones. And then did the same with faces.

Turning the Sydney Opera House into a haunting image

Turning the Sydney Opera House into a haunting image Photo: http://nightmare.mit.edu/