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An Engineer Is Painting Surreal Scenarios That Confuse Self-Driving Cars #ArtTuesday

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Vice Creators features the new work of engineer Filip Piękniewski, who created surrealist landscapes aimed to confuse driverless cars.

Pundits will tell you the era of self-driving cars is right around the corner, but a series of iPad paintings by San Diego-based engineer Filip Piękniewski shows that artificial intelligence researchers still have their work cut out for them.

Piękniewski illustrates seven strange scenarios that today’s machine learning algorithms would have trouble processing. Some are simple, like an open manhole that’s visually similar to a covered one, while others incorporate surrealism or political implication. He tells Creators he started the project, “To remind people that driving is not just about following lanes on the freeway. Bizarre situations such as those depicted happen and need to be dealt with robustly.” 

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