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Playing with Convnets
Jason Yosinski · Hod Lipson

Tue Dec 09 04:00 PM -- 08:59 PM (PST) @ Level 2, room 230B

The seminal work by Krizhevsky, Sutskever, and Hinton at NIPS two years ago kicked off a craze of training convnets on ImageNet. These networks have since been trained, improved, tweaked, and adapted to new tasks by those in the field dozens of times over. However, although a stupendous amount of recent progress has been made, the elegant inner workings of these networks are generally hidden behind scalar error metrics.

This is a shame.

In this demo, we attempt to expose some of these inner workings by allowing people to interact with a video camera hooked to a trained convnet. Audience members can see in real time the activations they cause throughout the network and the classification decisions that are made, which we have found surprisingly fun and informative.

Author Information

Jason Yosinski (Windscape AI / ML Collective)
Hod Lipson (Cornell University)

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