DALL-E mini, a fun and quirky AI image generator has taken social media by storm and produced a lot of utterly laughable and incredibly unique works of art. People simply type in keywords they’d like the program to use to generate the artwork and they are shown a painting of sorts that best resembles the random phrase entered. Users are then free to share their thought-and-laughter-provoking creations on their social media feeds, where—depending on how ridiculous and creative their image inspiration prompts are—they may achieve viral status.
The concept of creating things via artificial intelligence has been around for a while now. DALL-E mini, as its name implies, is loosely based on DALL-E, a project by non-profit AI research group OpenAI that intended to translate elaborate text descriptions into pictures without needing outright user context to come up with a realistic result. DALL-E mini is not from the same OpenAI, but its creators built the AI project to replicate the results using an open-source model, which will keep improving over time as more people use it. To date, the image generator has attracted so much buzz that it caused a temporary glitch in the website hosting it.
People who are standing by and waiting for the DALL-E mini website to refresh can check out some of the most liked DALL-E mini posts on Twitter, where the phenomenon has already achieved quite a following. Twitter account Weird Dall-E Generations (@weirddalle) has over 700,000 followers and is regularly tweeting Dall-E mini creations shared by Reddit users who post in the r/weirddalle subreddit, currently over 57,000 members strong. Some of the images shared by the account tend to lean toward the absurd, and almost all of the posts have the potential to garner a chuckle or two from people scanning its feed. Other Twitter posters have also started using the hashtag #dallemini to share their own creations.
Popular DALL-E Mini Art Themes (& The Best Works That Exemplify Them)
Some of the more hilarious Dall-E mini image generations feature beloved characters from books, movies, and television shows. ‘The Demogorgon from Stranger Things holding a basketball‘ is particularly funny because if there’s one aspect about this terrifying monster that most fans of the TV series may tend to neglect, it’s the fact that its height (which can grow up to an immense ten feet tall) can make them absolute shoo-ins for the NBA.
Another contender for potential athlete is a favorite from the Harry Potter franchise. People will certainly enjoy watching ‘Hagrid as American Ninja Warrior contestant‘ and cheer at the prospect of him getting all the way through the many obstacles.
Looking for something a little bit more mundane? Sometimes Dark Lords need a break from wreaking absolute destruction. If you couldn’t envision ‘the Eye of Sauron reading a newspaper‘ before, you’re welcome.
Another common DALL-E mini art theme is using real people and imagining them as something else. What if ‘Mark Zuckerberg as a ventriloquist dummy‘ actually existed? It would be terrifying, sure. Or would it be a tiny bit appropriate?
On the other end of the spectrum, animated characters make great DALL-E mini memes. Who wouldn’t want to see ‘a Pikachu that looks like a pug‘ or ‘Paddington Bear in the mosh pit of a metal concert‘? These are just some things that cannot be unseen.
Finally, DALL-E mini art lovers may get a kick out of seeing everyday items doing not-so-everyday things. Pieces that fall under this category aren’t so much funny as they are incredibly out of left field that users may just find themselves overcome by the weirdness of it all.
If users have had enough perusing Twitter for examples of DALL-E mini excellence, they can create their own by heading over to the Hugging Face website.