different, more uplifting moving-image future, AI could help us do that better, too. The past year or two has seen a boom in widely accessible tools for generating complex AI imagery from scratch. That is: tell the AI what you want to see and it will produce it for you. NOSFERATU IN RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE Dall-E, developed at OpenAI by Boris Dayma and Pedro Cuenca, is a neural network that creates images from any text caption. According to the company’s own description: “Dall-E is a 12 billion parameter version of GPT-3 trained to generate images from text descriptions, using a data set of text–image pairs. We’ve found that it has a diverse set of capabilities, including creating anthropomorphised versions of animals and objects, combining unrelated concepts in plausible ways, rendering text and applying transformations to existing images.” Dall-E was released in a free browser-based version this year, as ‘Dall-E mini.’ It proved staggeringly popular on social media, as people tried virtually every prompt they could imagine, from ‘Nosferatu in RuPaul’s Drag Race ’ to ‘Walter White in Animal
BY ACCIDENT OR DESIGN Above and to the left are Midjourney’s results after the prompt: ‘brilliant magazine about video technology in autumn, hopeful future, very detailed’
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