What Androids Dream No. 129

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Blind in one eye and unable to see out of the other, the blind antivirus daemon allows a virus to infect the kernel.

What Androids Dream

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
this series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my … (read more)

Blind in one eye and unable to see out of the other, the blind antivirus daemon allows a virus to infect the kernel.

What Androids Dream

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
this series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.

Just as photography inspired the cubists and abstract expressionists, what will art generating, super intelligent machines inspire? Perhaps a collaboration between man and machine to find that perfect image?

I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.

There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.


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Comments

Joe Chiappetta
2019/07/22

So surreal and well designed. May I never wake up in a droid dream.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/22

Thanks, Joe. May you never have bad dreams! 😊

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V. vivid effects. Maybe make good cover designs for books by PKD too.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/19

Thanks, Ade! 🙏

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Indrani Mitra
2019/07/18

Hah! Perfect representation of traditional AV handling a Zero day :).

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Greg Fiut
2019/07/18

That's tits!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/18

😱

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Jarid Scott
2019/07/18

Very unsettling, in a good way!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/07/18

Thanks, Jarid. That’s how I feel about it, too. 😊

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