The techniques that empower computers to make autonomous decisions have become vogue for modern tech companies in the last six years. Now cars are starting to drive themselves on public highways, and Facebook sees AI as the answer to all its scandals. But one critical piece of the advent of artificial intelligence is often overlooked: Cheeseburger generation.
Two years ago I alerted the world that it was now scientifically possible to generate an image of a cheeseburger. Today I have the pleasure of informing you yet again that this technique has been nearly perfected. Dear reader, the cheeseburger now looks good. It even appears to have a sprinkling of flour on top of the bun, indicative of freshly-baked gluten goodness:
This new cheeseburger generation comes from DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI company tasked with “solving intelligence.” Images of cheeseburgers are just the byproduct of a larger goal—to create an algorithm that can generate any kind of image when given a word. This could be useful for anything from product design to artwork.
The idea is relatively simple at its basest level: Have one algorithm try to generate and image, and another try to tell if that image is a real picture or fake. With the second algorithm acting as a guardrail, the first algorithm eventually learns what looks real and what doesn’t.
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