You probably know by now how fascinated I am by AI “art.” I think what intrigues me isn’t how it gets things right; it’s what it gets wrong. There’s something a little creepy about it, a little off.
Today’s prompt was inspired by the style of Edward Hopper and a machine imitating his views of people and human isolation really reveals the stark contrast between art and a computer generating an image.
While I wouldn’t hang it on a wall, it does offer a lot of interesting quirks to inspire a 10 word story which is why we’re all here! I assume.
ANYWAY, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.
Feel free to focus on its, um, idiosyncrasies.
Ready? Here’s mine:
As her friends gathered, Jen readied the Tree Removal Ceremony.
Today’s ten word photo prompt, aka #ThursdayTen, is another collaboration with Dall-E, the AI drawing software. In this case, the style was that of a fairytale, and I think that it works.
I know there is a great deal of controversy about using AI art images, and I’m not sure what I think about it. I don’t think I’d use it to replace art that I’d need an artist to create, but that said I have some very inspirational images among all of the weirdness I got playing with it this month.
So who knows. It’s a tool that’s here and it’s staying and we have to figure out how it is used going forward.
But I digress.
Using the image above write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.
But you knew that.
Ready? Here’s mine:
The Widas Touch, he soon found, was deliciously wheat based.
It’s sunny and cold and I guess that’s where we’ll be for a while. It is, believe it or not, December after all.
The other day, I played around with that DALL-E system that translates words into images, and it’s the most addictive thing. I’m trying to stay within the free credit limit, but I could see spending actual money on it, the results are both incredible and often hilarious.
It’s weird though, I don’t see how it could replace a real artist, it just puts things together it thinks fit the description, but it doesn’t really know. And it shows the limits and biases of humans. Try as I might to get a pretty mermaid with light brown skin and blue eyes–specifically for a friend with light brown skin and blue eyes–it wouldn’t quite go there. The mermaid wouldn’t smile, or the skin was absolutely not the least brown, or the eyes weren’t blue.
Is it because of the reference images it uses? Because of the way it’s programmed to take in those terms?
I really don’t know.
But it’s an incredible advancement. A largely limited incredible advancement. At least for now.
Of course I could tell a human artist what I wanted and I wouldn’t have those issues. The images would likely have more depth too. The AI art doesn’t have soul but it has the imitation of soul.
If you know what I mean.
Anyway, that’s it for me this week. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.