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teaching people about how you scream "amiga" at demoparties and enjoying their confusion

I'm probably going to shader stream at 6pm EST tonight!

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👏CORPORATE PRESENCE👏
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👏SOCIAL SPACES👏

wonder what it's like on my shader streams? here's a little glimpse

it just hit me that there are more pixels in a 720p image than there are in this network

holy fuck

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maybe if you start with a pre-trained network for one scene, it might make re-training it on a new scene faster...

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the only problem I see is that producing a trained network from input photographs is very slow. in the paper it said it took 1 day with an incredibly beefy nvidia accelerator card. however, once the network is trained, there are a lot of cool things you can do with it

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also since the network takes in the position in 3d space and returns a volume density, you can use that to mesh-ify the scene (they do this on their paper website), which means you could render a scene using those polygons, then shade the polygons using the neural renderer. amazing

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I count about ~720,000 parameters in their network. that's quite a lot and rendering is probably very slow, but it is known that after you train a neural network, you can sometimes "distill" its knowledge down into a smaller network, since you can use it to produce yet more training examples. 🤔

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I can't stop thinking about that NeRF paper I posted a few days ago. the neural network architecture they picked was so simple but they somehow got state-of-the art results. the architecture they used was just a bunch of fully connected layers. you learn this in the first quarter of a introduction to neural networks course. what the fuck

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