The internet was already a weird place, but it’s suddenly gotten even weirder thanks to the explosion of weird AI art created by image generators like DALL E 2. From weird cartoon mongrels to surreal food and apocalyptic selfies, DALL E 2 genuinely seems capable of creating any weird AI art you can describe in the prompt box used to generate images. After all, it is named after Salvador Dali.
Of course, DALL·E 2 and other AI art generators don’t think about these things themselves. They run the written prompt they receive through the millions of images and captions they’ve been fed. So the results are only as strange as users’ imaginations. There are many existential concerns about where this is all going and what it means for artists, but DALL·E 2 isn’t about to take over the world and enslave us just yet. We hope.
OpenAI, the makers of DALL·E 2, recently announced pricing and that they will be expanding access to the platform over the next month, but for now there is still a waiting list. Would you like to learn how it works for you? Check out our guide to using DALL·E 2. In the meantime, here are some of the strangest AI artworks created by DALL·E 2 so far.
The last selfie ever taken
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♬ The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man – Colin Stetson (opens in new tab)
One of the latest trends making the rounds on TikTok is the use of DALL E 2 to create “the last selfie ever taken”. Started by Tiktokker @robotoverloards and picked up by others, the results seem appropriately apocalyptic, featuring androids and skeletons posing for pictures amid the desolate scenes of a burning planet. The trend has even sparked a conspiracy theory – what is the blue cube that DALL·E 2 placed in several images?
Ronald McDonald in Star Trek
A still of Ronald McDonald in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) #dalle2 pic.twitter.com/UhTzAwCPHlJuly 31, 2022
In short, many of the weirdest AI artworks created on DALL·E 2 consisted of placing famous people and characters in unlikely places. And it seems that the only limit is your imagination.
SpongeBob SquarePants Godzilla
#dalle2 That’s it. That’s the best request I’ll ever come up with. pic.twitter.com/GoxvSIrwW4July 23, 2022
Of all the DALL·E 2 cartoon mashups out there (and there are many), this is our favorite. It is enhanced by giving specific instructions to the artist, not just combining two characters.
Peanut Butter Sandwich Rubik’s Cube
Data scientist Max Woolf (opens in new tab) tested how reliably DALL·E 2 could follow instructions when asked to produce food photos and to see if it might be able to produce new food content ideas for the web. Like shaping a peanut butter sandwich into the shape of a Rubik’s Cube? yes it could
Animals live their dreams
A raccoon playing tennis at Wimbledon in the 1990s #dalle2 #dalle pic.twitter.com/45tBFKJ9ZJMay 14, 2022
There’s a whole category of AI images dedicated to anthropomorphism, either playing sports, presenting news, and more.
The Apple car
AI art generators have opened up new possibilities for fan renderings of products that are rumored to be in production but the manufacturers don’t want to show us just yet. We’ve been wanting to take a look at the rumored Apple Car ever since we got wind of the project. Designer and YouTuber John Mauriello (opens in new tab) thought that DALL·E 2 might have an idea of what it will be like. Of course, entering “Apple Car” resulted in a car that looked like a fruit, so he settled on “Minimalist sports car inspired by a MacBook and Magic Mouse, built of aluminum and glass” instead.
Thanks to the Duolingo trail cam, we can finally see what everyone’s favorite multilingual owl is up to while he sleeps. This was actually created in Craiyon, formerly called DALL-E mini, until the makers of DALL-E had words.
It’s not all apocalypse and anthropomorphism in AI art. Some people actually use it productively. Yes, really, and good for her. Artist Zach Katz uses DALL·E 2 to show what city streets might look like without cars and with the addition of greenery and water elements. It’s a lot more reasonable and suggests that AI could be of use in urban planning. His Twitter account @betterstreetsai (opens in new tab) has gained thousands of followers in just a few weeks, and he has a backlog of requests for locations to try.
Enough of such meaningful, rewarding pursuits. Why use AI to create something useful when you could create a cross between a Pokemon and a dog?
R2D2 is christened
There seem to be plenty of Star Wars fans using DALL E 2, and some of the weirdest AI artwork involves characters placed in unlikely situations, from Jar Jar Binks on Love Island to an MRI scan of Darth Vader and yes, R2DR after finding God. This is another created in Craiyon.
Nike Air Sushi is being chased by a bear
was approved for Dall-e 2 today! #dalle #dalle2″a pair of salmon sashimi Nike AF1s, in the distance a hungry looking bear approaches, award-winning product photo” pic.twitter.com/L1QrCjKsyFAugust 1, 2022
We’ve seen character mashups, artist mashups, what about clothes? In fact, given some of the footwear collections we’ve seen over the past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if this sees the light of day. And look how much the bear wants her.
The Muppets crash at London Fashion Week
⌨ “London Fashion Week’s most ridiculous looks modeled by the cast of The Muppets, lfw”💅#lfw #fashionGenerated by AI with #dalle2 🤖 #dalle 🎨 #aiart pic.twitter.com/Slu25GPTGUJune 6, 2022
Speaking of fashion, we love this runway look modeled by some of Jim Henson’s best. The craziest AI art fashion collection we’ve seen so far.