MIT’s Newest Creation: The Nightmare Machine

MIT CSAIL A photo posted by Nightmare Machine (@nightmare_machine) on Oct 3, 2016 at 10:27pm PDT Please note: This story links to the Nightmare Machine website, which includes a warning stating that some photos may contain scary content and may not be suitable for all users. When it comes to holidays, MIT is known more for celebrations of its own creation, such as Pi Day and the Baker House Piano Drop. But a trio of Media Lab researchers are adding an Institute flair to this year’s Halloween season—using a fright-soliciting algorithm called the Nightmare Machine. The Nightmare Machine uses a deep-learning algorithm created by Associate Professor Iyad Rahwan and post-doctoral researchers Pinar Yanardag and Manuel Cebrian to detect our deepest visual fears. According to its website, the Nightmare Machine takes…


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