DeepDream images

These images were generated using Alexander Mordvintsev’s simplified implementation of his DeepDream algorithm on GitHub. This uses Google’s neural net architecture called Inception to modify images in a way that amplifies areas that vaguely resemble something that matches a known pattern.

Evolution: a simulation

This is a video report of a software project that created the conditions for evolution in an attempt to learn something about how evolution works in nature. This is for the programmer looking for ideas for interdisciplinary programming projects, or for anyone interested in how evolution and natural selection work. 56 mins. It’s available on… Continue reading Evolution: a simulation

Linux Mint 20/Xfce boots with no desktop icons or background

Symptom: Occasionally Linux Mint 20 with Xfce boots up with no desktop icons and no background. The operating system works, but you have to use means other than the usual desktop icons to invoke programs. Solution: On this computer, we can correct the problem if we invoke a terminal (with ctrl-alt-T or ctrl-alt-F2), delete the… Continue reading Linux Mint 20/Xfce boots with no desktop icons or background

Installing Xubuntu 16.04 on a Sager NP8952 laptop (Clevo P950HR)

Here are some notes for anyone attempting to install Xubuntu 16.04 on a Sager NP8952 laptop (Clevo P950HR). Most things work well enough. The initial installation onto the primary SSD along side Windows 10 was uneventful, from a live USB created with unetbootin. System components: CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ GPU: GTX 1070 (8GB) MAX-Q,… Continue reading Installing Xubuntu 16.04 on a Sager NP8952 laptop (Clevo P950HR)

Announcing neural2d, a neural net optimized for image processing

Neural2d is an open-source neural net simulator with features for image processing. Links Video introduction (YouTube, 11 min.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB43jj-wv8Q GitHub repository: https://github.com/davidrmiller/neural2d Landing page with links: http://neural2d.net Features ✔ Optimized for 2D image data — input data can be read from .bmp image files ✔ Neuron layers can be abstracted as 1D or 2D arrangements… Continue reading Announcing neural2d, a neural net optimized for image processing