The best examples of DALL-E 2’s weird, wonderful AI art – Quartz

The OpenAI research group was launched in 2015 with $1 billion from Elon Musk and other Silicon Valley titans and a broad mission to create a suite of AI tools that “benefit all of humanity”. Microsoft donated another $1 billion in 2019 to help OpenAI develop “artificial general intelligence with widespread economic benefits”.

So what will $2 billion and seven years of research for the betterment of all humanity yield? First, a really excellent photo of an astronaut riding a horse.

DALL-E 2’s interpretation of “A photo of an astronaut riding a horse.”

This horse, this astronaut and these stars do not exist in the real world. They are all the invention of a computer model created by OpenAI in April called DALL-E 2 (a portmanteau of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and Pixar robot WALL-E). The model learned to associate words and images from a database of hundreds of millions of images and labels describing their content. If you type a simple sentence, such as ‘a photo of an astronaut riding a horse’, the DALL-E 2 generates an image based on its understanding of what ‘astronaut’, ‘riding’ and ‘horse’ mean. It will even fill in details based on its ability to associate related concepts; astronauts, for example, tend to appear against a backdrop of stars.

OpenAI has developed and released similar projects to the public in the past. Anyone can use OpenAI’s latest language model, GPT-3, to generate stories, articles, and poetry from simple descriptions. With a little coding expertise, you can use Jukebox to come up with entire songs with lyrics in any style. DALL-E 2 is still in beta testing phase, but you can sign up for a spot on the waiting list to use it; OpenAI sends invitations to about 1,000 people a week.

OpenAI hopes the public will use tools like DALL-E 2 in whimsical, creative ways, like coming up with a cozy evening for some avocado partying.

But it’s easy to imagine powerful image generation tools being misused to create deepfakes, political disinformation, revenge porn, and so on. The developers of DALL-E 2 have tried to get around that possibility by creating policies that prohibit users from generating images that contain hate, harassment, violence, sex or nudity and by blocking certain keywords such as “shoot”.

For now, the DALL-E 2 sample images circulating on social media are all completely safe for work. Here are a few of our favorite examples, selected from an OpenAI Twitter threadthe DALL-E 2 Instagram page, the Twitter account @Dalle2Picsand DALL-E 2 users on social media.

DALL-E 2 empowers animals to live their best lives

DALL-E 2 serves surreal dishes

DALL-E 2 recreates old works of art

DALL-E 2 cursed images

But be aware, not every DALL-E 2 artwork is an inspiring and beautiful leap forward in AI. Some are extremely cursedand they remind us that humanity cannot always be trusted to wield such terrifying power.

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