AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning
Janelle Shane

Janelle Shane

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Generated cereal box with literal honeycomb on it, a bowl of pure raisins ("Rasn"), and colorful rocks ("Frfflys Stofls")

AI recreates classic cereals

DALL-E 2 is very good at generating images to match text descriptions but I felt like using DALL-E 2 to mess up some brands. Here's breakfast cereals! "A box of lucky charms cereal on a grocery store shelf""A box of Froot Loops on a grocery store shelf""A box
A collection of mostly chipmunks, one acorn, and two lumpy froglike things

How to disappear a platypus

I was testing DALL-E 2 to see if it would be subject to some common incorrect assumptions about the sizes of things. For example if you asked people what size a kiwi bird is, they tend to assume it's a smallish bird, maybe around the size of a kiwi fruit.
Three guinea pig horse toys, stocky with guinea pig faces and guinea pig markings.

New AI-generated horsies

Recently I've been experimenting with DALL-E 2, one of the models that uses CLIP to generate images from my text descriptions. It was trained on internet text and images, so there's a lot it can do, and a lot of ways it can remix the stuff it's seen online. I
The Kitten Effect

The Kitten Effect

One thing I've noticed with image-generating algorithms is that the more of something they have to put in an image, the worse it is. I first noticed this with the kitten-generating variant of StyleGAN, which often does okay on one cat: alternative for shocked_pikachu.pngbut is terrible at a
Teacups with mostly nonsensical messages written in, or sometimes on, the leaves.

Reading tea leaves

DALL-E (and other text-to-image generators) will often add text to their images even when you don't ask for any. Ask for a picture of a Halifax Pier and it could end up covered in messy writing, variously legible versions of "Halifax" as if it was quietly mumbling "Halifax... Halifax" to
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