If you're not sure what you're looking at when you look at the pictures below, don't worry, you're probably not alone. But rest assured, your eyes don't need testing and your screen doesn't need fixing. Because these bizarre images, created by users via Russian website Ostagram, are the product of an art technique known as Inceptionism, where images are combined using neural networks to generate a single mind-bending picture.


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A neural network is a computational model based on the structure of a biological neural network. In other words, it works like a human brain. Conventional software operates within strict parameters but artificial neural networks have the ability to "learn" by being fed more and more data over time.

The images are possible thanks to DeepDream software, which finds and enhances patterns in images by a process known as algorithmic pareidolia. It was pioneered by Google and was originally code-named Inception after the film of the same name. And looking at these pictures, it’s easy to see why.

If you understand Russian then head over to Ostagram to make your own crazy Inceptionist artwork!

More info: Ostagram

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LizJones 10 months ago

Love this one!

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Monika 10 months ago

#creepykitty

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GaryBradski 10 months ago

https://dreamscopeapp.com

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MatejSedláček 10 months ago

Are these pictures accesible in higher resolution? I would LOVE to print them on my wall!

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KädiAgu 10 months ago

That's my favorite :)

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PawełSzczepański 10 months ago

I want something like that on my wall. So bad!

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LuisMilian 10 months ago

sure love Van Gogh

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JanetZane 10 months ago

surfboarding the waves!

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CleverFool 10 months ago

I see a beautiful symbol of the beautiful interconnectedness of life and death.

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MollyDanzinger 10 months ago

Venus on a half shell meets Tim burton

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TessaKrellner 10 months ago

dats wowie

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EladStern 10 months ago

Are these the women warriors of the ancient Amazon tribes, revealed inside the contemporary reflective eye?

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DeniseBynum 10 months ago

I love this one!

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FrancescoNoferi 10 months ago

source of the pic http://www.zerochan.net/1233243 anime: carnival phantasm

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AndreaRundell 10 months ago

Starry Deathnote

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LindaCollier 10 months ago

Remote mind

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TaidaMarczak 10 months ago

Amazing! I want that framed on my wall!

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DariaB 10 months ago

Vincent Van Dog

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LindaCollier 10 months ago

Fantasy food

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JanetZane 10 months ago

Da Gough Vincent Van Vicci

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Pemberton 10 months ago

sausage pasta turned into creepy monsters :o

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CleverFool 10 months ago

Hey, look it's Weedog!

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