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Mesmerizing Images of the 2016 Field, Courtesy of Google DeepDream

Using a new form of artificial intelligence, Google released a program that helps computers simulate daydreaming. Computers, meet politics.

By Andrew Feather

Using a new form of artificial intelligence, Google released a program in June that helps computers simulate daydreaming. Using a large library of images, the program finds patterns that look like objects it's familiar with, much the same way humans find clouds that look like objects.

Using Google’s algorithm, the computer then outputs its “dream” with its imagined images imprinted, creating a new image. In some images, the figures are apparent. Others are more obscure. Here's what Google’s DeepDream framework saw in pictures of 10 candidates for the White House.

  1. Scott Walker, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Scott Walker: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
    110

    Scott Walker, DeepDream

  2. Rand Paul, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Rand Paul: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
    210

    Rand Paul, DeepDream

  3. Rick Santorum, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Rick Santorum: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
    310

    Rick Santorum, DeepDream

  4. Jeb Bush, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Jeb Bush: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg
    410

    Jeb Bush, DeepDream

  5. Marco Rubio, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Marco Rubio: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
    510

    Marco Rubio, DeepDream

  6. Hillary Clinton, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Hillary Clinton: Craig Warga/Bloomberg
    610

    Hillary Clinton, DeepDream

  7. Bernie Sanders, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Bernie Sanders: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
    710

    Bernie Sanders, DeepDream

  8. Martin O'Malley, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Martin O’Malley: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
    810

    Martin O'Malley, DeepDream

  9. Donald Trump, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Donald Trump: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
    910

    Donald Trump, DeepDream

  10. Lindsey Graham, DeepDream
    Photo illustration by A.J. Feather/Bloomberg; Lindsey Graham: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
    1010

    Lindsey Graham, DeepDream