This Google Engineer Taught An Algorithm To Make Train Footage, And It’s Hypnotic

By Meg Miller

Sit back and enjoy the serenity of this scenic (machine-generated) ride.

In the opening scene of a strangely serene Youtube video posted this week, colors slide, merge, and morph on screen. Set to an undulating Steve Reich score, the visuals seem appropriately loose and abstract, until around a minute and a half, when tree tops start to form from the blur. Slowly, the images condense and sharpen: What emerges is a constantly changing landscape, as seen from the window of a moving train.

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