August 7, 2012 3:30 pm
English developer Phil McCarthy took the tendency for humans to see faces in just about anything, called pareidolia, and abused it with a computer program that can do a pretty good impression of an angsty teenager taking first year digital art classes.
McCarthy’s creation takes random computer-generated polygons and “then feeds the results through facial recognition software” says Adam Norwood . Given enough time, the image pushes closer and closer to looking like an abstract art portrait.
The program, which McCarthy named Pareidoloop, in honor of pareidolia, is a refreshing — and slightly disturbing — way to kill some time.
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