Friday, March 12, 2010

Jesus Glitch

The holy is often found in unexpected places. Jesus in naan, Mary in a Chicago underpass. Dan Paluska has immortalized this concept with his Holy Toaster.

Why don't we ever see Jesus in corrupted image files?

Image compression algorithms are generally rated on their ability to convincingly ignore non-perceptually-relevant features. I propose a new metric for these algorithms: how likely they are, when corrupted, to produce an image of a holy figure.

2 comments:

Jason LaPorte said...

I assume you've seen the Buddhabrot.

http://www.superliminal.com/fractals/bbrot/bbrot.htm

Kyle said...

Yes, I have, but totally forgot about it. Going in my thesis right now... thanks!