Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Cutting edge technology is just
(a little bit) magical.

1. The Pledge

The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. [...] Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't.

- The Prestige




Statistics is about noise
Machine Learning is about structure
AI is about consciousness

The Neuron


Patterns are crystalised information
A gap between possible entropy
and realised entropy

2. The Turn

The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary.

- The Prestige

Patterns in space
Patterns in hyper-space
Patterns in time
Patterns within patterns
"Deep" Learning

3. The Prestige

Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige".

- The Prestige

Deep Dream
Deep Reinforcement Learning
The collision of thought and information processing.
Conciousness is sufficiently advanced technology.
Conciousness is the greatest magic trick there ever was.

We are the magician
and the audience


Scott Altham

CC BY-NC 3.0

(Music soundtrack for Deep Dream video)

Andrej Karpathy



Laura Summers


Andy Kitchen