AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning
Janelle Shane

Janelle Shane

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Generated candy heart images. Messages include "le yas", "dove tut", and "hove".

DALL-E3 generates candy hearts

I've experimented a couple of times with generating candy heart messages using various kinds of machine learning algorithms. Originally, short messages were just about all the original text-generating neural networks could handle. Now we've come back around to approximately the same performance, yet with orders of
Generated image of a fancy chocolate in cross section, each layer mislabeled.

Chocolates, labeled

So much of current AI-generated stuff is derivative sludge that I'm enjoying the pockets of weirdness where I find them. One of my favorite things right now: DALL-E3's attempts to label things in the images it generates. Here I asked "Please generate a cross section
A variety of unrealistic flightless birds, included a two-headed cassowary labeled "Kheo"

Flightless birds

I enjoy asking DALLE-3 to label things. I learn so much! Here I asked it to generate a labeled grid of flightless birds. I think it's trying to do ostrich (a female apparently! unusual for a bird poster but I approve), an emu (definitely not an emu'
Mammals with labels, most incorrect. A one-horned antelope with a long cat tail is labeled Danda.

Learn the mammals with DALL-E3

Here are the mammals! Maybe some of your favorites are pictured. Here's the prompt I gave ChatGPT4: "Please generate a set of mammals on a plain white background, each mammal species clearly labeled." However, ChatGPT4 is a text-generating model, so it doesn't have the
Cartoony bible-style shepherds and sheep with misspelled labels

Your AI-generated guide to the nativity

I asked DALL-E3 (via chatgpt) for "a simple Christmas nativity scene with each element clearly labeled in large capital letters for a child who is learning to read." I'm sure you will find this very helpful. okay one more there was an attempt! bonus content: two
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