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We badly described cartoon characters to an AI. Heres what it drew

The use of artificial intelligence AI has made its way into just about every industry in the world solving complex problems learning difficult skills in seconds and generally blowing the minds of humans with advanced calculations we could never dream of.
But while most people are looking to use AI for the good of humanity bettering society and solving the big questions of today I decided to use it for a higher purpose recreating some of the most recognisable cartoon characters through an imagegeneration AI.

Back in January 2021 the very intelligent people over at OpenAI created a program that when fed a string of text could use this to generate an image. This could be a lion on a sofa a black hole in a box or some other equally weird prompt. However this technology would often produce blurry images or struggle to fully understand the prompt that it was given. In April 2022 OpenAI launched the second iteration of this product DallE 2. Now you are able to get highquality images based on your worded prompts offering highly detailed images in a matter of seconds. The important thing to note with this technology is that the more information you give it the better the end result will be.

However I lack the creative skills to really paint a verbal picture… and that is pretty noticeable with my AIgenerated cartoon characters. The software is able to perform at its best when it is given a style of art and plenty of description. I instead opted for vague art terms and a lack of detail what could go wrong! Lets be honest based on the description Horse in a suit DallE 2 nailed my description that is indeed a horse in a suit and my request of an oil painting style was nailed absolutely perfectly. I would even like to think that if there was a season where BoJack Horseman was a midcentury nobleman my attempt at getting an AI to recreate him would be absolutely bang on.

I think if DallE 2 had been given more information on this one we could have got a perfect recreation of BoJack in an oil painting! There were two other examples of horses in suits both also in the style of an oil painting. I think we can all agree that they are just as dapper as the AIs other attempt who knew horses could style a suit so well? It worked…! Well it is at least recognisable this time. The prompt of a cartoon did a lot of the heavy lifting here generating a more childlike version of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By giving it a bit more information than I did with the horse DallE was able to create a closer attempt.

While this is by no means an exact replica its another impressive attempt based on a limited prompt. What I should have learned from the two above attempts is that the cartoon art style was the way to go here… I did not learn. This is a blessing and a curse because while this is easily the least accurate attempt it is also my favourite. These are both ducks they both have red bowties and blue shirts they are both even done in different styles of drawing but they could not look any less alike. While Im not sure how much extra information I could have fed other than a hat the end image seems like an obvious result it is exactly what I asked for after all.

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