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Did You Need Some New Nightmare Ideas? Edges2Cats Can Help

By Victoria McNally | Miscellaneous | February 22, 2017 | Comments ()

By Victoria McNally | Miscellaneous | February 22, 2017 |


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WARNING: those of you with Trypophobia symptoms (that’s when you get really freaked out by irregular clusters of holes or eyeballs) might need to sit this one out.

Remember those function machines you learned about in elementary school? Numbers would go into the top of it, then different numbers would come out of it. And you had to figure out what was being done inside the machine to solve the equation.

Well, Edges2Cats is sort of like that — except what you put in is line drawings and what you get out is DEMONS. I don’t know what kind of math equation does that. It’s probably trigonometry, if I had to venture a guess. The devil is in those triangles, I tell ya!

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In all seriousness, this image-to-image translation program built by Christopher Hesse is actually a database of 2,000 stock photos of cats that generates automatically-detected edges based on those images. And like an infectious disease, the applet has quickly spread through the art community on Twitter, all of whom are having a field day of eldritch delights with the creatures they’ve concocted:

And naturally the Pajiba Overlords had to try it, too. Guess who made these little guys!

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If you’re curious how it works, you can find more info here. And you can have a go at creating your own abominations here. You’re welcome for the nightmares!


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