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Facial Recognition Software Makes Art from Random Noise

English developer Phil McCarthy took the tendency for humans to see faces in just about anything, called pareidolia, and abused it with a computer program that can do a pretty good impression of an angsty teenager taking first year digital art classes. McCarthy’s creation takes random computer-generated polygons and “then feeds the results through facial recognition [...]

Faces created using Phil McCarthy’s Pareidoloop.

English developer Phil McCarthy took the tendency for humans to see faces in just about anything, called pareidolia, and abused it with a computer program that can do a pretty good impression of an angsty teenager taking first year digital art classes.

McCarthy’s creation takes random computer-generated polygons and “then feeds the results through facial recognition software” says Adam Norwood . Given enough time, the image pushes closer and closer to looking like an abstract art portrait.

The program, which McCarthy named Pareidoloop, in honor of pareidolia, is a refreshing — and slightly disturbing — way to kill some time.

 

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Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

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