Pareidoloop is a toy that makes images that approximate human faces. It starts by generating random polygons, feeding them into a computer vision face detection algorithm, and then continuing to add more polygons to increase the face detector’s “confidence” score.
What has been interesting is people’s reactions to pareidoloop – for a quick experiment hacked together over a weekend, I’m a bit taken aback by the amount of positive feedback and discussion it’s generated. I guess this is due to the recognizable and sometimes uncanny images that it generates, stimulating our brains’ hardwired tendency to see faces – the pareidolia from which it takes its name.
Update: pareidoloop has been chosen for the 2013 ‘Enter’ biennale in Prague.