If you’ve been venturing on social media in the past week, you’ve probably come across some inexplicably weird images featuring pop culture icons in unexpected shapes.
Mike Wazowski as a toilet? Yoda shreds an electric guitar? Breaking Bad’s Walter White in Stardew Valley? All the work of the internet’s latest obsession, Dall-E Mini (opens in new tab): a text-to-image AI app that encourages everyday people to put their imaginations to the test by creating truly bizarre digital art.
Equivalent to Google’s Imagen software but with significantly more Twitter traction, Dall-E Mini — whose name is a pleasing mix of Disney’s WALL-E and artist Salvador Dalí — encourages users to enter just a few words or phrases before posting. spit out nine different images to be saved and shared at will.
But for all its meme-making potential, the software also produces some truly beautiful works of art – and below we’ve rounded up seven user-created masterpieces that we think would sit comfortably (sort of…) next to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. .
‘Alien cat from another planet’
Cat memes are often the order of the day on the internet, and that hasn’t changed with the arrival of Dall-E Mini — but this particular feline creation, from the mind of TechRadar’s own Tom Bedford, makes up for the obsession with animals. We call this a Close Encounters of the Purr Kind.
‘Silent Hill nurse eats pizza’
Admittedly, this one is a bit scary, but Twitter user @vf_vikintor (opens in new tab)‘Silent Hill Nurse Eating a Pizza’ also has a terrifying, cheese-adorned beauty. Imagine the relief of biting into this 16-inch Margherita after surviving one of the game series’ horror-ridden ramparts? Series creator Keiichiro Toyama would be proud.
‘Cthulhu is getting married’
Another glorious Twitter find courtesy of @lightediand (opens in new tab)“Cthulhu Gets Married” proves that even the most monstrous creatures of the deep deserve to find love. The eyes, the tentacles, the shoot setup – it’s all so magical. We can only say: the young lady in this photo is a happy woman.
‘A waterfall in space’
Another special from TechRadar’s Tom Bedford, “A Waterfall in Space,” documents the kind of phenomenon we’d expect to see hovering over a distant planet in the far reaches of the universe. Is that a blazing sun over the falls in question, or a multiple version of The Lord of the Rings’ Eye of Sauron? It’s up to you, the humble viewer, to decide.
Pablo Picasso Mona Lisa
@CaseyJPod (opens in new tab)Pablo Picasso’s Mona Lisa is exactly what we hoped it would be. We’re not sure what more to say.
‘Ivy next to tree trunk’
‘Ivy next to tree trunk’, from Twitter user @aymordi (opens in new tab), is a refreshingly soothing image among the relentless color and energy of most Dall-E Mini creations we’ve seen. It also looks remarkably realistic, proving that this AI software is in fact pretty damn accurate.
‘Shadow on the horizon’
TechRadar’s Senior Audio Staff Writer, Becky Scarrott, is the creative mind responsible for ‘Shadow on the horizon’. Despite the title, this is arguably the most ambiguous of all the images on this list. Who or what is that divine figure depicted far out in the sea, and what do they want? The two unlucky souls in the foreground look like they’re about to find out. REST IN PEACE.
Have you created artistic masterpieces using Dall-E Mini (opens in new tab) that could stand next to our choices? Share them with our Twitter handle, @techradar (opens in new tab)and we’ll try to answer with our impressions (and maybe some of our own user-generated monstrosities…).
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