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AI • Scry (rhymes with "I spy") is a remote viewing application powered by an alien psyche. It lets you experience the power of the latest Artificial Neural Networks wherever you go!

Point your camera at the world around you. AI • Scry generates automatic textual descriptions of the objects it sees.

It's poetic and totally ad-free, forever.

--- How does it work? ---

AI • Scry transmits a 2D matrix of brightness values across time and space to a remote viewing algorithm housed in an undisclosed location somewhere in the state of Oregon.

The matrix is subject to rigorous mathematical analysis that scientists have yet to fully comprehend. The detector system has no direct knowledge of objects in the world (donuts, bananas, skateboards, wine glasses, etc) as we know them. Instead, the detector maps patterns received on the signal line to a sequence of word-choice probability distributions and assembles an output stream. The internal routing through this artificial neural network is largely meaningless to a human observer. Nonetheless, it works (sometimes)!

With AI • Scry in your hand, you become an alien psychologist, probing the quirks, biases, impossibilities, and idiosyncrasies of this unknowable mind.

"Scrying" is the practice of looking into a translucent ball or other material with the belief that things can be seen, such as spiritual visions, or for purposes of divination or fortune-telling ... Although scrying is most commonly done with a crystal ball, it may also be performed using any smooth surface, such as a bowl of liquid, a pond, or a crystal.

Built with neuraltalk2 from Andrej Karpathy. Training dataset generated by anonymous, underpaid humans working through Amazon Mechanical Turk.

AI • Scry was designed and produced by Disk Cactus in Oakland, CA

What's New

Version 1.2

New screenshots and app icons!

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5

17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Like No Other App

Giddiness doll

I first saw this App featured in a Vice article on snapchat. Was very excited to actually play with a captioning AI that I had only previously seen glimpses of online. Despite the negative ratings, this app DOES give fairly accurate readings often, and almost always provides captions that are somewhat relevant to the scene. The quirky captions are actually fun.

Quick tip! Learn to use the bar at the bottom of the app! The left side of the bar gives conservative answers and is meant for simple scenes with "normal" subjects. If you want advanced captioning, scroll to the right, but be prepared for some funny mistakes to come with it!

Would recommend! Very fun app to play with!

Poetic to the max, Great simple app!


This app works okay for identifying a surprising number of common objects. To me it matches what I generally refer to as a 'nothing app' ... Don't expect it to change your life or routine or be 'useful' it isn't really that type of thing. Just enjoy the alien vibes as algorithms increasingly dictate our experience on the planet.

Omg so weird! So funny ✨🍍

Mama Ladybird

I saw this app on vice and when I got it at first, I kind of freaked me out! It totally knew that I was at a cafe drinking a coffee. I showed it to my friend yesterday and it even recognized her baby. Whig is crazy! But it's really fun and it's actually kind of cute cuz it sees donuts and kittens everywhere 🍩🐱 so fun! Make sure you turn your sound on!


Samuel Kronick
18.1 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Disk Cactus


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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