From a purplish blue color named “Sane Green” to a “Gray Pubic” sky blue, an artificial intelligence experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane saw a series of colors invented and named by a neural network. Through inputting 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors and their RGB values, Shane trained the system—by way of an algorithm called char-rnn, which predicts the next character in a sequence—to generate new paint colors. Creating the colors was not a problem, but finding appropriate names for each was. But with “Light of Blast” and “Stanky Bean” they’re certainly fun.
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