Trump as Nirvana baby: AI art by Weird Dall-E is hit on socials

Anyone who has been regularly on Twitter or Instagram in the past two months can hardly have missed them: the often funny ‘works of art’ that were made via the Dall-E Mini tool. This is the simple, publicly available use version. There is also a professional version, but there is a waiting list for that.

“Dall-E is an artificially intelligent software system that is trained to combine images with description,” explains technology expert Jarno Duursma. “Then Dall-E learned to create images from text on their own.”

Pope on skateboard

A clear distinction must be made between the amateur version and the professional version, says Duursma. “The free public version is of lower quality and is mainly used to generate funny pictures.”

The creation of a new work of art usually takes one to two minutes. But then you also have something, for example the baptism of Star Wars robot R2D2, Jesus on his iPhone or the Pope on a skateboard.

The professional variant is already able to create images that are indistinguishable from the real thing, says Duursma. And as it goes in the world of technology: the development of the free version will also accelerate at lightning speed.

Machines with imagination

Duursma wrote the report on this phenomenon Machines with imagination† He explains the title: “We get a creative assistant. Software always gives us new angles and perspectives. People without experience with graphic design or photography can suddenly create things.”

That sounds suspiciously positive, and it is, according to the tech specialist. “It is a new source of creativity. The software feeds us with new ideas. The computer first took over human skills from us, such as speaking, listening and looking. We thought: creativity belongs to people. But that is not the case now. more exclusively human. There are also tools that can creatively write or compose music. We can benefit greatly from that.”

There is also a lurking danger, Duursma emphasizes: the deep fake technology can be misused. For revenge porn, for example. Or to create fake news. “In the future, for example, you could create a police officer who allegedly assaults a suspect. You could eventually even get an artificially created voice or video message from a friend that looks like a real one.”

Dividing line between real and fake

In the future, the dividing line between real and fake will become harder to see. It is therefore increasingly important to be alert to the presence of these possibilities, he says. “I think the media plays a role in this. Keep asking the critical questions, especially when others no longer do so. Be critical of what you see and read.”

The name Dall-E is a free composition of WALL-E, the animated film about the love story between two robots, and the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

The creators of the tool prohibit the creation of content that is hurtful or harassing. Political and sexual content is also banned. In addition, it is not desirable to use photos of people without their permission. Experts point out that enforcement of these rules is difficult.

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