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.
How Home Cooking Became My Favorite Way To Unwind
This past year was a major milestone: my 30th birthday. A fresh start with a new opportunity to bring some fun back into my life. While I've always been a takeout kind of guy and my cooking ability doesn't go much deeper than adding hot water to a cup-o-noodles, my girlfriend and I decided to make an effort to get off the couch and back into the kitchen. With our busy lifestyle, it was tough, and we started looking for a better way. Above all, we wanted it to be a fun way to unwind and spend time together after work.
I work from 9am to 7pm, and my girlfriend Alex's job is demanding; so we never have time to make it to the grocery store. Usually we plan to go but then get home exhausted, get caught up in chores (like walking our new puppy), and get lazy. Fortunately, the puppy tries to chew everything in sight on his walks and got ahold of a HelloFresh box sitting by our neighbors' door. I had heard about the meal delivery service and decided it was worth giving it a try.
Why We Tried It:
- $30 off our first delivery
- Simple recipes and instructions
- Easy option to turn on/off/pause
While I was growing up, my dad would grill out back every night and my mom would sauté something in the kitchen (truthfully, I still don't know exactly what “sautéing" means). All I knew was that dinner magically appeared on our plates. I never understood why they enjoyed cooking so much until Alex and I gave it a go with our first home-cooked meal together. To give you the highlights, we opened a bottle of wine to kick things off, and followed the easy instructions. Even though I spent half the time on air guitar listening to music, 30 minutes later we ended up with a nice home-cooked dinner!
I don't know much about cooking terms and exotic ingredients, so the simplicity of it was perfect for us. They threw in a few surprises like a coffee-rubbed steak (game-changing combination) but overall, everything was straightforward, easy to prep and tasted great!
After the first couple of weeks, I started to get excited about cooking what HelloFresh sent to us. Sure, we still order takeout every now and then, and eat out sometimes, but HelloFresh is our go-to dinner option.
What I Learned:
- I'm not as bad in the kitchen as I thought
- It is possible to cook a great meal in 30 minutes or less
- Home meal delivery works for us
So that's the gist. If you live a busy lifestyle like us and want to try something new, save a few bucks and pick up a healthy new home experience, it's worth giving meal delivery a go. And HelloFresh is a winner. For new cooks and beginners (like me) it's easier than you think!
Update: The generous folks at HelloFresh reached out and are offering $30 off today for anyone who wants to give it a go!