By new, unseen examples; I mean like the animals in No Man's Sky.
So, upon playing this game, I was curious about how good is AI at generating visual characters or examples?
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We are getting pretty good at image generation, some examples:
Radford, Alec, Luke Metz, and Soumith Chintala. "Unsupervised representation learning with deep convolutional generative adversarial networks." arXiv preprint arXiv:1511.06434 (2015). https://arxiv.org/pdf/1511.06434.pdf
Gregor, Karol, Ivo Danihelka, Alex Graves, Danilo Jimenez Rezende, and Daan Wierstra. "DRAW: A recurrent neural network for image generation." arXiv preprint arXiv:1502.04623 (2015). https://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.04623.pdf
Then there is another research direction around evolutionary algorithms, for example: