Leonard Cohen as a muppet. (Dall-E Mini/AI-generated)
I think, as a creative type, I’m obviously inspired by the power of technology to see how far it can take an idea.
But with the rise of Dall-E, the OpenAI-built neural network technology that can generate images from text descriptions alone, I didn’t realize how literal that could end up being. Over the last couple of days, the viral nature of a subset project, Dall-E Mini, has captured the internet’s attention in a big way, for the way it can help crash together ideas that don’t seem like they would ever appear in real life. (If it doesn’t work, keep trying; another option that offers lower-quality fake images but is much more consistent to load is Hypnogram.)
If I was still a graphic designer, I would love this tool and hate it all the same. It’s a great way to get an idea for visualizations, as it helps to bring forth a perspective that you likely would have never thought about before. A lot of the ideas that have inspired me are around pop culture admittedly. But I would have the thought floating through my head—“Do I need to be worried about the next version of this replacing me?”