Dall-E Mini, the AI-powered text-to-image generator has taken over the internet. With its ability to render nearly anything your meme-loving heart desires, anyone can make their dreams come true.
DALL-E 2, a portmanteau of Salvador Dali, the surrealist and Wall-E, the Pixar robot, was created by OpenAI and is not widely available; it creates far cleaner imagery and was recently used to launch Cosmpolitan’s first AI-generated cover. The art world has been one of the first industries to truly embrace AI.
The open-sourced miniature version is what’s responsible for the memes. Programmer Boris Dayma wants to make AI more accessible; he built the Dall-E Mini program as part of a competition held by Google and an AI community called Hugging Face.
And with great technology, comes great memes. Typing a short phrase into Dall-E Mini will manifest 9 different amalgamations, theoretically shaping into reality the strange images you’ve conjured. Its popularity leads to too much traffic, often resulting in an error that can be fixed by refreshing the page or trying again later.
If you want to be a part of the creation of AI-powered engines, it all starts with code. CodeAcademy explains that Dall-E Mini is a seq2seq model, “typically used in natural language processing (NLP) for things like translation and conversational modeling.” CodeAcademy’s Text Generation course will teach you how to utilize seq2seq, but they also offer opportunities to learn 14+ coding languages at your own pace.
You can choose the Machine Learning Specialist career path if you want to become a Data Scientist who develops these types of programs, but you can also choose courses by language, subject (what is cybersecurity?) or even skill - build a website with HTML, CSS, and more.
CodeAcademy offers many classes for free as well as a free trial; it’s an invaluable resource for giving people of all experience levels the fundamentals they need to build the world they want to see.
As for Dall-E Mini, while some have opted to create beauty, most have opted for memes. Here are some of the internet’s favorites:
no fuck every other dall-e image ive made this one is the best yet pic.twitter.com/iuFNm4UTUM
— bri (@takoyamas) June 10, 2022
There’s no looking back now, not once you’ve seen Pugachu; artificial intelligence is here to stay.
Whether you're protesting or donating, here is a list of resources that will help you deepen your understanding of the implications of and history behind the George Floyd protests.
This week's riots in America are overt protests against the murder of George Floyd, but they're also protests against centuries of oppression and state-sanctioned racist violence against Black people.
Whether you're just beginning to learn about prison abolition or are a seasoned member of the fight, it's always important to continue educating yourself—and if you're a white ally, education is not a suggestion; it's mandatory.
Many of these resources are designed with white people in mind. White people are particularly responsible for self-education and for continued action, as white status quo, complicity, and violent silence has continuously perpetuated the brutalization of Black communities and livelihoods.
What we are seeing now is rage against a system that refused to be dismantled by peaceful action and information. Now we are being called to step back and listen—and then to act.
It's never a person of color's responsibility to educate you about racism or why everyone's out in the streets protesting; the Internet is full of resources that will help you understand that and that will help you move your advocacy past the world of social media.
If you're feeling radicalized by this moment or are ready to learn more, here are some resources to check out. Do the work and be active in the fight against white supremacy. Start by donating and signing petitions. Then go deeper. Question and challenge your own racism and biases. Don't speak over people of color; listen harder and put your body on the line when you need to.
Whether you're in the streets or making calls from home or learning and talking to other white people in your life, persuading them to start the process of learning and unlearning their biases and systemic advantages, it's time to start now.
Docs, Courses, and Master Lists:
- Black Lives Matter Resource List
- #blacklivesmatter Resource List
- BLM's Guide to Allyship
- Resources & Tools Regarding Racism and Anti-Blackness
- Rachel Ricks' Antiracism Resources
- Resources for White Accomplices
- Jenna Arnold's List of People to Follow
- Brittney Packett Cunningham's reading and resource list
- Anti-Racism Resources Doc from FightForBreonna.org
- Check Your Privilege
- Invisible No More Study Guide
- Syllabus For White People to Educate Themselves
- Abolitionist Futures Reading List
- A Running List of Anti-Racism Resources (Dazed)
- Demand Justice for Black Lives Now
- Black History Month Library (Google Drive)
- White Supremacy in the Age of Trump (Syllabus)
Places to Donate:
- The National Bailout
- Brown Sisters Speak
- Minneapolis Solidarity Donations
- Bail Funds (Master List)
- List of Black-owned businesses
- Black Lives Matter Donation Links (Master Thread)
- List of funds from @transnormativity
- List of funds from @reclaimtheblock
- Mutual Aid funds thread
Articles to Read:
- John Henryism and the Life-Threatening Stress Affecting Black People in America - Vice
- The Empathy Crisis of White America by Phillip Picardi
- We're Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders' Republic by Ibram X Kendi - Atlantic
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
- What to Do Instead of Calling the Police
- Here's the Problem with Performative Allyship
- America's Racial Contract is Killing Us - Alantic
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- The Racist Roots of American Policing: From Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops - The Conversation
Books to Read:
- Brea Baker's Anti-Racist reading list
- Ibram K Kendi's Anti-Racism Reading List
- Books for Anti-Racist Teachers
- Noname's Book Club
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
- The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B Du Bois
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
- Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown
- Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Strategies by Renee Linklater
- So You Wanna Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- - Frantz Fanon: Dropbox of works and specifically "The Lived Experience of the Black Man" from the book Black Skin, White Masks (1952): http://www.campusincamps.ps/…/Fanon-The_Lived_Experience_Of…
- - James Baldwin's "Stranger in the Village" from the essay collection Notes of a Native Son (1955) https://www.janvaneyck.nl/site/assets/files/2312/baldwin.pdf
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (Free on Verso)
- Black revolutionary texts (Google Drive)
Articles to Read:
- On Raising White Children
- 26 Ways to Be In the Struggle Beyond the Street
- How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice
- The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House (Audre Lorde)
- This Week Has Happened Before
- The 1619 Project
Educational Threads and Posts:
- Misinformation Twitter Thread
- Minneapolis and Target Thread
- Why Reverse Racism is a Myth Thread
- Thread of Readings for Feeling Radicalized in This Moment
- How White People Can Make Themselves The Most Useful Right Now
6. Call to Direct Action by @mimizhuxiyuan
7. Building a Police-Free Future by @mpd_150
8. Resource Roundup by Rachel Cargle
Actions to Take:
- Record a video for George Floyd: https://yourvoice.colorofchange.org/prompt-single/justiceforfloyd
- Text Text FLOYD to 55156 for George, Text ENOUGH to 55156 for Breonna, Text JUSTICE to 55156 for Ahmaud
- Sign these petitions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dz0YWM5dxraPFkkO8tlvfI9PajwOVW4tIdSnzDMDab0/edit?fbclid=IwAR1u0XtiSDHJuDEuoKyc-BmH3DV2dmovtD6nRojs3axCfdt7Zd6P2jeA9-I
- Take Action to End White Silence at your police station or city hall
- Copy this template and email it: https://docs.google.com/.../1-yqKbkh9eF4eZn-Bolz.../edit...
- How to Protect Yourself While Protesting
- Know Your Rights While Protesting
- How to Protest While Undocumented
- Guide on How to Show Solidarity w/o Being Able to Protest
- Twitter Thread on Protest Gear
- Street Medic's Guide
- Lawyers Offering Pro-Bono Services
Lawyers offering pro bono services for arrested protestors. Minneapolis, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles. I… https://t.co/HDPDr2mVHO— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi) 1590825538.0
Organizations to Join:
Courses to Take:
- Free Do the Work 30-Day Course (Rachel Cargle):
- ACB Academy
- Crossroads Anti- Racism Training Videos
- Anti-Racism and White Privilege Online Course
- Open Yale Course: African American History
Social Media Accounts to Follow:
#LiveWithLayla: Why Whiteness must be namedwww.youtube.com
Public Address On Revolution: Revolution Now | Rachel Carglewww.youtube.com