AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning

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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
AI is based on math so it is correct

AI is based on math so it is correct

Since OpenAI released CLIP, trained on internet pictures and their nearby text, people have been using it to generate images. In all these methods - CLIP+Dall-E, CLIP+BigGAN, CLIP+FFT, CLIP+VQGAN, CLIP+diffusion - you come up with a text prompt, some algorithm presents its images to CLIP,
It looks like a log of rice that's been rolled lightly in rainbow sequins.

In search of a unicorn cake

I've generated a lot of terrible unicorn cakes by this point. Last time I experimented with generating cakes, using CLIP's internet training to guide a couple of image generating methods. Around the time I posted my experiments, RiversHaveWings, who developed one of the most popular methods, came out with a
The cake is covered in a sagging marshmallowy coating that might once have had sleek robotic curves.

AI cake fails

AI cake fails are unlike any cake fails I've seen before. What do you get when your cake is being generated by something that's seen lots of pictures labeled "cake" but has never had a cake or experienced physics? CLIP+VQGAN are two algorithms that, when teamed up, take turns
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
A painting of stone columns, redwood treetops, and humanoid stone pillars

My favorite nonexistent painter

People have noted that when using giant internet-trained AIs like CLIP+VQGAN to generate images, you get much nicer-looking images if you include an artist byline. Here's "Internet Infrastructure" And here's "Internet Infrastructure by James Gurney." James Gurney, a painter known for works like the Dinotopia books, is particularly prolific
An AI-generated room with a confusing, sprawling piece of furniture in it.

Can I generate a gothic wardrobe?

Like other ambiguous image-generation prompts, asking for "a gothic wardrobe" had the AI hedging its bets. In CLIP+VQGAN's internet training, those words might go with pictures of clothes in styles leaning toward black fabric, pleats, chains, and lace. Or they could mean tall cabinets with pointed arches. So we
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