Once I saw new AI image creation tools, such as DALL-E, I wanted to see how well they could create space and astronomy images. I’m still on the waiting list DALL-E 2so I don’t have any comments to make there, but I subscribed to it midjourney ai, Play with the free account, then sign up for a fully paid account, so I can test its capabilities.
How well does it work? It’s okay I think. I’m still learning to craft the prompts for best results, but the biggest problem is that they’re unscientific. If you need a picture of a SLS, it should be the actual SLS and not some kind of Art Deco version of a rocket that looks like it was designed in the 1950s. It’s nice, but I can’t use it.
You managed to create an image of a meteor resting on the ocean floor for a recent storyAnd I’ve tried some other illustrations. It can work with stories with abstract concepts where there is no current image that we can use.
OK, OK, but what about non-scientific images? Fun pictures. This is required. I have been using artificial intelligence to create images of Ars Magica . game I play with my son and his friends.
I asked Midjourney AI to imagine the solar system but in the form of food. In each case, the AI was given a guide to the planet made of food. So, “Jupiter is made of a sandwich” or “Neptune is made of a bowl of berries.” You can see the results below.
This was tricky, and it took a lot of attempts to create foods that are round and might also look like Mercury. I’ve tried pizza and soup, but this one finally got a blue metallic sheen Mercury as seen from Messenger.
In our telescopes, Venus is a featureless yellow ball, which looked like some kind of nut soup to me. I tried a few variations, and nothing clicked, but I think this is more about how boring venus It seems more than ideas come up with artificial intelligence. I chose something with more dramatic vortices in the clouds, although less scientifically accurate.
Accurate hit of the target. It’s not cake and it’s not Mars. But it’s a cake that makes you Think of Mars. Loved this and how delicious it looks.
Another great display of AI, in my opinion. It’s clearly a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, but the noodles are arranged in a circular pattern that evokes Saturn.
This looks delicious. Blueberry ice cream with blueberry garnish. I can only imagine its taste. The show is great. I like the way the AI fell on the bottom left corner. Kind of proof of her inspiration?
This is just a small part of a much longer thread on Twitter where I’ve been getting photo requests. If you have some ideas, just post a comment in the thread, and I’ll see what I and the AI can do.
A few people have pointed me toward a certain spoof chorizo version of Alpha Centauri captured by James Webb, and I promise it was a complete coincidence that Etienne had brain astronomy food.
You’ll likely see more images from AI here on Universe Today, but I promise we’ll reveal the source clearly as an artist sketch by AI in the image caption. I know there’s a huge debate to be had about artist illustrations versus actual images, versus graphics, versus human-made art, versus AI art.
For now, I think the best place to start is the silliness.
in good health.