Nightmare Machine, Turn Faces and Places Into Things From Your Nightmares Using AI

Nightmare Machine

Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian and Iyad Rahwan, scientists from MIT Media Lab have created the aptly-named Nightmare Machine, an intelligent computer that uses artificial intelligence to transform existing photos of faces and places into things from your nightmares.

Since centuries, across geographies, religions, and cultures people try to innovate ways of scaring each other. Creating a visceral emotion such a fear remains one of the cornerstones of human creativity. This challenge is especially important in a time where we wonder what the limits of Artificial Intelligence are: Can machines learn to scare us? Towards this goal, we present you Haunted Faces and Haunted Places: computer generated scary imagery powered by deep learning algorithms and evil spirits!

Users also can teach the algorithm by voting on the fright level of certain images via a short survey.

Kermit the Zombie before/after.

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