Ostagram uses neural networks to create mind-bending images

Mar 11, 2016

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Ostagram uses neural networks to create mind-bending images

Mar 11, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Despite how it may look, the above image is not a strange closeup of a Salvador Dali painting. No, it’s a bizarre creation created by a user of Russian web app Ostagram.

Based off an art style appropriately referred to as Inceptionism, this photo is the result of two images being combined together using neural networks, a computer system designed to mimic the activity of a human’s brain, and the underlying foundation of many deep learning algorithms.

Ostagram is based off DeepDream, a software pioneered by Google under the codename Inception (a nod to Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending movie) and the obvious inspiration for the art style’s name. What this means is that Ostagram finds patterns within images and attempts to bring these patterns together into a resulting image–a process referred to as algorithmic pareidolia.

What’s ‘algorithmic pareidolia’? According to DeepDream’s Wikipedia page, it’s ‘a dreamlike hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.’ In other words, it’s an acid trip brought to life.

Below are a collection of the trippy images created using Ostagram:

Pictures combined using Neural networks

The Ostagram.ru website appears to be forwarding to a Facebook page at the moment. It’s been hammered with traffic as of late, so there’s the possibility they’re trying to put out their servers’ fires at the moment.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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