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.

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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StaciJaffe
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5 years ago

Love this!!

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Monika
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5 years ago

#creepykitty

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AdebunAdebun
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5 years ago

love this!

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RomyRichard
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5 years ago

great

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KädiAgu
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5 years ago

That's my favorite :)

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PawełSzczepański
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5 years ago

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

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LuisMilian
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5 years ago

sure love Van Gogh

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JanetZane
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5 years ago

surfboarding the waves!

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CleverFool
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5 years ago

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

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DariusB.
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5 years ago

great mashup!

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TessaKrellner
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5 years ago

dats wowie

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EladStern
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5 years ago

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

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DeniseBynum
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5 years ago

I love this one!

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MiklósÁron-Szilárd
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5 years ago

anime?

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JosephOlaoye
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5 years ago

Death Note!

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JohnNathanNeilDion
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5 years ago

Iced Lizard

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EmmaRichardson
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5 years ago

love this xx

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TaidaMarczak
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5 years ago

Amazing! I want that framed on my wall!

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DariaB
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5 years ago

Vincent Van Dog

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ElizabethNewton
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5 years ago

Krighton, is that you?

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ДианаХърлечанова
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5 years ago

beautiful

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ZachStamler
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5 years ago

dude really likes that Kandinsky

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JanetZane
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5 years ago

Da Gough Vincent Van Vicci

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Pemberton
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5 years ago

sausage pasta turned into creepy monsters :o

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JohnKuki
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5 years ago

Snoop Dogg

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SueWerner
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5 years ago

The result is better than the parts.

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PhyllisSteging
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5 years ago

Boy does that really fit him.

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PandaBear
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5 years ago

MATRIX!

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AhmadFathillah
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5 years ago

this is nice. i imagine some movie using this style of graph

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CleverFool
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5 years ago

That is frickin' badass.

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SevenRay
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5 years ago

SATAAAAAAAN

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MadzWiden
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5 years ago

...... this be the stuff nightmares are made of....

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AlgirdasStockunas
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5 years ago

Astonishing and this could be the end of ordinary artists,.

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Megan Greathouse
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3 years ago

What's the lower-left pic?

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RosaLin
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5 years ago

weird!!

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KathleenWoodworth
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5 years ago

This picture would be better with brussels sprouts instead of watermelon...

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DariaB
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5 years ago

If Picasso did anime...

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Константин Новиков
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4 years ago

ОХРЕНЕТЬ!!!!

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AngelOrtiz
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5 years ago

Meatboy IRL

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PandaBear
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5 years ago

Truly, who would want to eat bread looking like that?

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

i feel like this is racist somehow....

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