Based on life-long observations of physical, chemical, and biologic phenomena
in the natural world, humans can often easily picture in their minds what an
object will look like in the future. But, what about computers? In this paper,
we learn computational models of object transformations from time-lapse videos.
In particular, we explore the use of generative models to create depictions of
objects at future times. These models explore several different prediction
tasks: generating a future state given a single depiction of an object,
generating a future state given two depictions of an object at different times,
and generating future states recursively in a recurrent framework. We provide
both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of the generated results, and
also conduct a human evaluation to compare variations of our models.