The Cotswolds as seen through Google Dream
PUBLISHED: 11:12 16 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 16 July 2015
Every image run through Google’s Deep Dream algorithm emerges as a psychedelic vision of Dali-esque surrealism. Can you tell where these iconic Cotswold locations are after they’ve been given the treatment?
The Cotswolds as seen through Google Dream
Considering the outrage caused by a solitary yellow car 'spoiling' the view in this popular Cotswold spot, the green 4x4, fairy lights and rogue lizards roaming the landscape would probably provoke a full scale riot | Photo: saffron blaze / dreamdeeply.com
There appears to be some sort of ghostly party taking place in the grounds of this famous building... | Photo: dreamdeeply.com
This National Trust property contains a large and eclectic collection of objects including Samurai armour, musical instruments and clocks. The armour might come in handy against the angry birds that have taken up residence in the garden | Photo: www.mikepeel.net / dreamdeeply.com
The best time to visit this place is during autumn when the trees are vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red... | Photo: Peter Turner / dreamdeeply.com
This folly was built in the 1700s and served as a country retreat for artists including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Now it serves as the palace of the Bird King... | Photo: Newton2 / dreamdeeply.com
This beautiful cathedral seems to have taken on the distinctive architectural style of Gaudí, and is that Harry Potter sitting in the corner? | Photo: David Iliff / dreamdeeply.com
This Victorian brewery was once powered entirely by steam, and still provides ales to supermarkets, off licenses and pubs | Photo: Richard Croft / dreamdeeply.com
An ancient depiction of Oceanus, just one of the many artefacts of a lost civilisation you can see in this Gloucestershire town... If you can look passed the eerie many-legged dogs roming the ruins | Photo: John Shortland / dreamdeeply.com
There must be something in the water... | Photo: Jayt74 / dreamdeeply.com
This grand church sits shoulder to shoulder with the old shops of a popular market town in Gloucestershire | Photo: loshak / dreamdeeply.com
This point atop a hill in Gloucestershire is used for ordnance survey triangulation, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. In this case, it seems more like an elaborate shrine in the midst of a Far Eastern carnival... | Photo: Philip Halling / dreamdeeply.com
This building is famous because of the man who was born here, though beasts seem to hath eaten him out of house and home | Photo: www.flickr.com/photos/12859033@N00 / dreamdeeply.com
This building lies in a charming Oxfordshire town and is often used as a venue for weddings | Photo: P L Chadwick / dreamdeeply.com
This industrial relic of a pretty Cotswold market town was converted into luxury apartments offering quacking views of the surrounding landscape | Photo: Pam Brophy / dreamdeeply.com
You might expect to see footballers splashing about in the river, but giant teacups are a whole new level of eccentricity in this pretty Cotswold village. Do I spy Brum lurking in the corner? | Photo: Arena Photo UK / dreamdeeply.com
This pretty fountain, a focal point in the regency town it calls home, has been overtaken by Cerberus! Does that mean the town's spa waters trickle up directly from the underworld?! | Photo: Jonathan Billinger / dreamdeeply.com
Image recognition software is advancing in leaps and bounds and is now found on everything from your favourite social media platform to your digital camera. The engineers at Google have been tinkering away in an attempt to improve their software, which has inadvertently spawned a viral trend. The Deep Dream algorithm.
Essentially, Google want to teach a program to be able to analyse, distinguish and classify objects in a fundamentally human (or animal) way - being able to tell if a spade is a spade... or actually a trowel, or a rake etc. This is done through teaching the program using reference images in much the same way we learn to understand the world around us.
The Deep Dream algorithm is what happens when the program looks at an image and is asked to find objects within it. It then amplifies these features over and over until the objects it’s looking for are more visible. So even with an image of white noise, it analyses the arrangement of dots, compares this with what it has learnt from millions of reference images, and starts to ‘connect the dots’, so to speak. Doing this multiple times gives you a bizarre amalgamation of the original image and various ‘imagined’ objects. Because the program is biased towards identifying certain things, just as we are naturally biased towards identifying human faces, the images regurgitated by it often feature dogs, birds, eyes, cars and so on.
Now everybody has been applying the algorithm to their own images - spawning psychedelic, hallucinatory and hilarious artwork.
We’ve run pictures of a number of well-known places in the Cotswolds through the algorithm. Can you identify the locations?
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Did you correctly guess the locations from the pictures? Have a look at the original images here.