Chihuahua or Muffin? (2019)

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Elective - Chihuahua or Muffin?



Brigit Lichtenegger
Javier Lloret
Arjen Suijker

Special Guests

Florian Cramer
Gaspard Bos


In 2014, a machine passed the Turing Test for the first time since it was developed by Alan Turing in 1950.
The test was based in the question “Can a computer trick a human into thinking it’s actually a fellow human?”.
Even more recently, self-driving cars started driving completely autonomously without a safety driver.
The recent developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are opening up new possibilities but also presenting new challenges and ethical dilemmas. In this elective, students will be introduced to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning through a series of lectures, presentations, hands-on workshops and discussions. What is the current state of AI, and where is it going? How does a machine learn? And why must self-driving cars be programmed to kill? Invited guest lecturers will include media artist and theorist Florian Cramer, and artist and entrepreneur Gaspard Bos.


The main goals of this elective for students to:

  • Demystify and achieve a basic understanding of a series of terms in the domain of this course, including:  AI, bots, machine learning, neural networks, singularity and computer vision.
  • Have an overview of the possibilities that these techniques offer for artistic creation.
  • Reflect on these current technological developments and their application to other fields connected to scientific and technological innovation.
  • Develop a critical mindset questioning the impact of these developments in our society.
  • Speculate about potential utopian and dystopian future scenarios that AI might lead us to.
  • Get familiar with a broad range of machine learning open source tools and frameworks that have been extensively used in recent years.


Prepare a performance that displays a future speculative scenario inspired by the current developments of AI and Machine Learning.


10 days

Week 1


Kickoff with Brigit Lichtenegger & Javier Lloret. Workshop Computer Vision + Wekinator with Javier.


AI and Machine Learning - Background history, philosophy, Turing Test and a chatbots with Brigit & Javier
Brigit's Presentation


Theory Session on Neural Networks. Workshop Classification with Arjen Suijker
workshop content


Image Recognition & Generation using YOLO, Deepdream & DCGans with Brigit and Javier


Lecture and discussion with Florian Cramer

Week 2


Presentation Gaspard Bos. Session to prepare final presentations with Brigit.


Propose ideas for final presentation with Brigit


Assignment time


Assignment time


Presentations with Brigit and Javier


Generating images using GANs DCGAN
Generating text using a "Recurrent Neural Network" RNNs with Darknet
Image recognition with YOLO with Darknet
Deep Dreams: Deep Dream with Darknet
Terminal basic tutorial:


AI Painting sold for 375000 Euro
The trial of superdepthunterbot
neural network generated recipes
Machine Learning for Artists
coursera deep learning classes
Crapularity Hermeneutics
Geert Mul - Match of the Day
Timo Arnall - Robot Readable World
progressive growing of GAN's
2 Minute Papers
quickdraw with google
ai experiments
what neural nets see
Algoliterary Bibliography
OpenEth Computable Ethics
Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects
Deep Learning is not the AI future
Future of Life Institute
How Many Computers to Identify a Cat? 16,000
Speech Recognition and Deep Learning
NPU chips in intelligent phones
The FRIEND-Browser
owow bots
New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph
AI picks up racial and gender biases when learning from what humans write: There is no objectivity

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