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Very normal grocery stores

I was reminded recently that US grocery stores often have strange names. I grew up shopping at Big Bear and Giant Eagle and thought it was very normal for grocery stores to be named after megafauna. Given a list of real but strange grocery store names to complete (such as
Botober 2021: plz draw the AI a sluggalope

Botober 2021: plz draw the AI a sluggalope

One of my favorite things ever is when AI instructs people to do silly creative things, and the humans gamely play along. For a couple of Octobers now I've used various AI models to generate daily #botober drawing prompts, and I've been amazed by the sheer creativity with which artists
quote tweet this with a selfie, but with somebody invisible Photoshopped in next to you.

Quote tweet with your favorite neural net

You know those games that go around on platforms like Twitter, where people share pictures of themselves looking like the leader of an underground resistance, or search google images for their name + fantasy armor or somesuch? I assume that if you successfully start one of these games, fame and fortune
AI doesn't understand scale

AI doesn't understand scale

One of my favorite ways to mess around with text-generating AI is to see what it does with new games that didn't exist on the internet back when its training data was collected. OpenAI's GPT-3 models were trained with data that cut off in late 2019 which means that they're
Hurricanes and how they are pronounced

Hurricanes and how they are pronounced

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its planned hurricane names years in advance, and includes a pronunciation guide for each name. An excerpt from NOAA's 2026 Atlantic Basin Storm Name Pronunciations: Arthur AR-thur Bertha BUR-thuh Cristobal krees-TOH-bahl Dolly DAH-lee Edouard eh-DWARD Fay fayWhenever I see a list like
Fun facts about fun guys

Fun facts about fun guys

The neural net GPT-3 has seen a lot of dating profiles during its internet training. But has it seen the Bachelorette contestant variety of astonishingly pedestrian dating profile?
AI-generated food trucks

AI-generated food trucks

One way to generate buzz for your new food truck: a unique theme or gimmick. But with new food trucks popping up everywhere, how can you ensure that your idea is creative enough? Lindsay Diamond suggested a possible neural net solution. So as a demonstration, I wrote short descriptions for
Botsplaining

Botsplaining

When I used GPT-3 to generate inscrutable new Star Wars jokes, Lisa Wong asked, “Can the A.I also generate the condescending explanation as to why the joke is funny and how I just don’t have a sense of humor? That would make it feel real.” I gave it
AI writes Star Wars jokes

AI writes Star Wars jokes

One of my friends sent me some silly Star Wars jokes this week (“Where did Luke get his cybernetic hand? The second hand store.”) and on impulse I decided to see how AI would do at generating more. I decided to use GPT-3, which I knew had surely seen Star
New Disney villains

New Disney villains

Earlier I tried an experiment where I tried to get the GPT-3 neural nets, trained on a huge collection of internet text, to generate new Disney princesses. From just two example wiki entries, I got incorrect reimaginings of existing princesses (Snow White apparently has a magic wand, a fake shoe,
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