I confused the iNaturalist identification AI with some random snapshots

I confused the identification with some random snapshots from a trip up into the mountains a few years back.

Normally it’s pretty good at narrowing things down to a family or genus. In this case, I was aiming for scenery and family snapshots at the time, so they weren’t exactly ideal for plant IDs even cropped.

It’s on the level of “A flock of sheep on a hill” for an empty landscape. I wanted to ask it how many giraffes were in the picture!

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Who would have thought Salvador Dalí could still get even *more* surreal?

Who would have thought Salvador Dalí could still get even *more* surreal?

A museum has (with permission from the Dalí Foundation) put together a life-size interactive video exhibit using deepfake editing, actors, real footage and audio from interviews to get his expressions right. As part of the interaction, he takes selfies with visitors, which you can have texted to you.

#art #video #ai #museum #wtf #SalvadorDali


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“They asked artificial intelligence to create a game. One of its first ideas involved exploding …

“They asked artificial intelligence to create a game. One of its first ideas involved exploding Frisbees.”

The article goes on to describe a less dangerous game that they ended up actually implementing, but there’s something perfect in the exploding Frisbee idea.



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Neural network-named tomatoes you won’t find at the farmer’s market


As gardeners know, a tomato is not just a tomato. They come in all shapes, sizes, and especially colors, from tiny red gems to big and purplish brown to pear-shaped with zebra stripes. And their tastes and textures vary wildly as well, with some sweet and soft, some tough-skinned and tart, and some dense and destined for processing.

These varieties all have names, of course, and good names are at a premium. Darren Abbey, who runs the blog The Biologist Is In, breeds new tomatoes and needs to name them from time to time. He gave me a list of 11,629 existing names, ranging from the highly experimental (Rts-119) to the classic (Sungold).

I used these names to train a recurrent neural network, which is a kind of algorithm that learns patterns that let it imitate the data it sees. Could it learn to produce plausible tomato names?

Yes, as it turns out! On Darren’s blog post you can read his expert opinion, but the verdict is: these are totally usable names.

Speckeled Boy, Sweet Lightning and Golden Pow

Sweet Lightning
Speckled Boy
Pinkery Plum
Market Days
Fancy Bell
Mountain Gem
Garden Sunrise
Honey Basket
Cold Brandy
Sun Heart
Special Baby
Golden Pow

However, not ALL the names were plausible. These are a lot weirder.

Smol Pineapple, Bumbertime and The Ball

Bear Plum
The Bango
Sun Burger
First No.4
Smoll Pineapple
The Ball
Golden Cherry Striped Rock
Old German Baby
Frankster Black
Ranny Blue Ribber
Adoly Pepp Of The Wonder
Cherry, End Students
Small Of The Elf
Champ German Ponder
Pearly Pemper
Green Zebra Pleaser
Flute First

These *seem* weird, but they aren’t actually all that weird for tomato names. There are at least 50 oxheart tomatoes in the original dataset.

Matt’s Sandwich
Indigo Tree
Sun Burger
Striped Hollow Potato Leaf
Lelly’s Yellow Stuffers
Terra Pink Strain
Greek Boar
Ton’s Oxheart
Babla’s German Paste
Mortgage Lifter, Honey Blues

These however? These tomatoes don’t sound promising.

Speckled Garfech, True Grub and Panterosa

Speckled Garfech
Green Dork
Cluster Gall
Shirve’s Gigant Bullburk
True Grub
Black Crape
Roma Wasting Star
Scar Giant
Bug Beauty
Banana Placente
Speckled Bake
Green Boor
Wonder Bagg
Sun Bung
Bolosavyi Scarling West Colon
San Blue Tard
Red Krap
Shart Delight
Solad Piss

For more in-depth analysis of these names, check out Darren’s blog.

I also trained a neural net on fruit names earlier – read the results here.

And this post’s bonus content is well worth checking out, because not only does it contain many more tomato names, but I also tried an experiment where I trained a neural net first on tomato names, and then on the names of metal bands. The results were glorious, including such wonders as

Angels of Saucing
Serpent Green
Market Death
Sweet Sever
Devil Potato Large Death

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