And now for something completely different.
Have you ever heard of Microsoft Image Creator? It's a product using Artificial Intelligence that will create artworks based on any description. I hadn't heard of it until yesterday, when my friend and co-worker Mark came by my desk and showed it to me. He was particularly pleased with the results of his request for an image of Robert Plant riding a unicorn (above).
I asked him to prompt it for an image of Marilyn Monroe riding a tiger. Here's what we got:
Not bad, though her face is a bit askew and her hair is longer than Marilyn's ever was.
Each request actually produces four artworks -- we chose our favorites above -- and you can be as creative or wacky as you want. You can also prompt it to produce artworks in certain genres (impressionist, cubist, etc.) or in the style of a well-known artist.
I played around with it more when I got home. Here are four images of "a woman in a purple dress eating green beans, Art Deco style":
One dress is green, but never mind.
It had trouble with "a goldfish attacking a unicorn on water skis":
Clearly it wasn't sure who was the unicorn. I don't know how everything became a fish, although that goldfish at upper right does have weird, equine legs/fins.
I asked Dave for a prompt and he said, "Olga riding an octopus" (which I generalized to "Staffordshire terrier riding an octopus"):
The dog at top right looks a lot like Olga, but none of those octopi really look right. They look more like ticks or mites under a microscope. That one at bottom right is especially mind-blowing:
There's a sort of Acid Trip element to all of this, isn't there?
Here's one of my favorites:
That's "four fish playing poker in the style of Picasso." And what's cool is, Mark used the same prompt and got four different artworks. So it's not like the system cranks out the same ones over and over.
My absolute favorite was another prompt from Dave:
That's "whipped cream attacking a turnip in the style of Salvador Dali."
As Mark said, "Just another invention to make a career in art even LESS profitable!"