Confessions of a researchaholic

September 17, 2022

Depicting a power sucking process running amok on a wearable device

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:45 pm
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A few days ago I noticed that my fitness tracker was losing power almost as fast as it could be charged, which turned out to be caused by a very power hungry background process. The issue was resolved by rebooting the device.

September 15, 2022

Schrodinger’s terminal

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:57 pm

A few days ago I noticed that my MacBook terminals switched only the foreground text color but not the background color during automatic switching between the light and dark appearance modes, making most of the texts invisible.
After some investigation, I realized that it was caused by my prior manual tuning of the terminal background color, which MacOS then kept fixing regardless of the appearance modes.
The problem can be fixed by reverting to the original default.

September 11, 2022

Portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 11:39 am
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This is a light-hearted experiment to see if deep learning has somehow spotted Satoshi Nakamoto in the training data and could shed light on their real identity.

September 9, 2022

img2img stable diffusion

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:32 pm
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I experimented with stable diffusion over some of my own manual drawings and here are the results.

September 5, 2022

Natural authoring modalities

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:32 am
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The technology has finally reached the point for which content can start to be authored via natural language and gesture (including drawing) instead of unnatural WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointer).
The state of art (e.g., DALL-E-2) can already be part of the content creation toolbox, and future advances may soon obsolete legacy tools.

September 4, 2022

A caterpillar sleeping inside an avocado bed

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:34 am
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With the same subject title, I created multiple outcomes via manual drawing and DALL-E-2 with different styles hints.

digital art

natural illustration

oil painting by Rembrandt

manual painting with Fresco (took about an hour)

June 22, 2022


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:03 pm
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I did some experiments with Midjourney’s prompt-based image generation.
(I am glad that the site imposes GPU compute constraints as otherwise I might be tempted to spend endless time exploring the rabbit hole.)

The first one came from a real life experience I encountered the very same morning: A painting by Joan Miro of a laptop computer that still works after being cracked open by heat coming from the office window, after some iterations here is one I like:

The second one also came from a real-life experience, which I iterated to bring out the vegetables from: A vegetarian descendant of Genghis Khan

June 1, 2022

Art and tech

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:18 pm

The appearance of a new technology often changes how art is created and consumed but never replaced it.
The invention of camera made photography a new art form and shifted the portrait and landscape painters to focus more on styles than realism.
A similar trend is happening with language-based picture generation, which can shift from the traditional painting and rendering techniques towards ideas in language prompts.

May 17, 2022

Executive compensation

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:34 am

I takes a special kind of arrogance for the current Intel CEO to think that he deserves to earn more than 1700 times of a typical employee.

I voted yes to executive compensations for NVIDIA, AMD, and Microsoft because their CEOs are truly transformative, but would not do so for Intel until it can compete with TSMC and Samsung as a global foundry.

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