You probably remember the neural network that generates photos of people who don’t actually exist. You might even remember the one that spits out photos of nonexistent cats, or the one that whips up fake résumés, or the one that dreams up listings for imaginary rental properties.

Now, a programmer named Aldo Cortesi has created an even stranger algorithm — one that draws silhouettes for nonexistent animals, some of which look plausible and others which look like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

In a post about the project, Cortesi wrote that he was indeed inspired by algorithms that generate human likenesses.

“Looking at these images, it seems like the neural net would have to learn a vast number of things to be able to do what these networks were doing. Some of this seems relatively simple and factual — say, that eye colours should match,” he wrote. “But other aspects are fantastically complex and hard to articulate. For instance, what nuances are needed to link the configuration of eyes, mouth and skin creases into a coherent facial expression?”

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