The Chronicle of Higher Education’ s Nadia Dreid starts this fascinating post by noting a fear that has long plagued proponents of artificial intelligence; the threat that machines will act independently of their operators. And then she poses the key question: Can an computer actually learn to scare you?

Enter a possible answer: the Nightmare Machine. Evidently, “three researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are … using a deep-learning algorithm to teach a computer to produce images of faces and places that scare people.” Of course, the article goes on to explain the technology and discuss how it works in detail.

However, if you’d like to see whether the Nightmare Machine gives you a fright, you can check it out here.

Happy Halloween


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