Turning a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware

We turned a MacBook into a touchscreen using only $1 of hardware and a little bit of computer vision. The proof-of-concept, dubbed “Project Sistine” after our recreation of the famous painting in the Sistine Chapel, was prototyped by me, Kevin, Guillermo, and Logan in about 16 hours.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Synthesizing Adversarial Examples

Synthesizing adversarial examples for neural networks is surprisingly easy: small, carefully-crafted perturbations to inputs can cause neural networks to misclassify inputs in arbitrarily chosen ways. Given that adversarial examples transfer to the physical world and can be made extremely robust, this is a real security concern.

In this post, we give a brief introduction to algorithms for synthesizing adversarial examples, and we walk through the process of implementing attacks in TensorFlow, building up to synthesizing a robust adversarial example following this technique.

Seashells

Seashells is a service that lets you pipe output from command-line programs to the web in real-time:

$ python train.py | seashells
serving at https://seashells.io/v/{random url}

There’s even a netcat API, so there’s no need to install software to use the service:

$ echo 'Hello, Seashells!' | nc seashells.io 1337
serving at https://seashells.io/v/{random url}

Any data that’s sent to Seashells is viewable in a web-based terminal, with data streamed to the browser in real-time using websockets:

Web terminal demo

It’s a super simple service that requires zero setup to use.

Seashells was created because I wanted an easy way to monitor long-running experiments: I regularly train neural nets and run related experiments, and I like to semi-obsessively track the progress of my code. From my computer, I can connect to the VPN, log in to the GPU box over SSH, and look at the output of a program running in a screen session. But I can’t do this from my phone or from another computer. All I wanted was to see a small amount of information like epoch 13/100, train loss=0.3825, test loss=0.4830 at a glance.

I didn’t find existing tools that satisfied my needs, so I built Seashells as a low-overhead way of monitoring programs that print progress to the console.

Seashells been serving my needs pretty well so far, and I hope others will find it useful too!