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Sunday, August 29, 2021

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Artificial Intelligence Art Machine

An amazing notebook,“AI Art Machine”, has been posted on Google Colaboratory by Hillel Wayne, based on an earlier notebook by Katherine Crowson. It uses the VQGAN+CLIP technique to generate images from text prompts, having been trained on a large sample of tagged pictures. The results are often surreal, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them popping up as the covers of science fiction novels before long.

To use the notebook, you must be logged in to a Google account. Then, follow the instructions to generate your images. You may experience “Cannot connect to GPU backend” errors when you try to run the notebook. If this happens, there's nothing for it but to try again later.

Here are results produced from some Fourmilab-related prompts. There are numerous parameters you can tweak which change the results, and you can even supply the URL of an image whose style the generator will try to mimic (I haven't tried this).

Retro Psychokinesis


Atomic Space Car


Ant Laboratory


Mad Scientist Laboratory


Neutrino Collider


Posted at August 29, 2021 12:17