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Fear and Loathing Plus Google’s Artificial Neural Network Equals the Acid Trip of a Lifetime

Google’s “DeepDream” code, which can turn even the simplest of images into nightmarishly trippy perversions of their former selves, has been very busy lately. Most recently, someone fed the fever-dream generator a clip from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—and the results are about what you’d expect. As Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” drones on in the background, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which parts of the swirly vision belong to Google, and which belong to Hunter S. Thompson and Terry Gilliam. Just be careful—watching this, the possibility of physical and mental collapse is very real.