It sounds like the start to a horror movie. Scientists (it’s always scientists, isn’t it?), studying machine learning algorithms, grow bored of teaching their computers to find cat videos on the internet or to beat humans at board games. It just happens to be October, so rather than setting their sights on solving actual real-world problems, they decide that the totally normal, sane, scientific thing to do is to teach our future AI overlords TO SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF US. Thanks, science. I’m sure that will come in handy for them.
You can check out the images generated by MIT’s Nightmare Machine, and even vote on which images are more frightening to help fine-tune the terror. And, as a reward, it will custom-generate a gallery of scary faces tailored to your personal taste in terror.
What could possibly go wrong?