Monthly Archives: May 2014
I tried to explain to my wife why I’m so intrigued by these images.
I switched my TV to a dead channel to show some random, white noise. There weren’t any patterns, any familiar shapes visible, only disorder. That’s easy to understand.
Then I told how it’s a mystery for me how the simple mathematical formulas with different parameters convey so vast collection of different shapes. There’s so much order in these images.
There’s so much art – if you will – encoded into the formulas. Different parameters are like different strands of DNA: small change and you get different outcome.
Once again, please click the image to see the animation yourself.
When we consider the world around us, with all its images, sounds and concepts, traditional programming languages seem terribly limited. Look around you, and see how far from reality manipulating information like this is:
a = a + 1;
if (a > 23) then a = 0;
Of course, the programming languages reflect the architecture of the machine they are executed on.
What I’m looking is for a way of programming which enables systems have characteristics like these:
– Creativity. Show the system a chair and a human being sitting on it. The system generates and presents thousands of alternative versions of a chair. All in 3D, of course. Real world is 3D so no reason to aim any lower than that.
– Curiosity. The system wants to learn more.
– Photographic memory. WYSIWYP, what you see is what you process. Visual information provided to the system stays in its memory and it can manipulate it at will.
– Shades of gray. Things are not only black or white, true or false, 1 or 0, they can be something in between.
Actually, this seems not to be so about programming languages. This is about artificial intelligence.
[ to be continued & revised ]