When I first saw these images made by Graphcore’s machine learning frameworks, or “A.I. Brain Scans” I was in awe of how human they looked. Frankly, I have to admit: it even makes me feel slightly uncomfortable how artistic they are.
Graphcore is a technology company that has created the “fastest and most flexible platform for current and future machine intelligence applications.”
First off, I could barely believe they were artificially made. They looked natural and had the stunning, chaotic complexity of microscopy or an expressionist painting. I immediately started imagining a dress.
The image that you see is created by their highly advanced software framework, Poplar. It visualizes graph computing.
“The vertices of the graph represent computation processes and the edges represent communication between processes. The layers in the graph are labelled with the corresponding layers from the high level description of the network. The clearly visible clustering is the result of intensive communication between processes in each layer of the network, with lighter communication between layers.”
The original image below is using deep learning to speed up astrophysics data analysis generated from the LIGO gravitational wave detector. If their model is executed on the Graphcore IPU, this image is generated. (See also- Gravitational Waves Dress)
Image credit: Graphcore / Matt Fyles
The entire story illustrated with this beautiful data visualization imagery inspired me to create the dress. I loved the how the sweeping circular lines creates different shapes on the figure.
The striking red focal point felt natural to position over the left side- for an asymmetrical off-the-shoulder look.
I love how the resulting design came out. The print took amazingly well to fabric. It looks like so many things at once: cellular, artistic, tropical, tribal. The most interesting aspect to me was the philosophical question it inspired: