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:
— Weird Dall-E Mini Generations (@weirddalle) June 8, 2022
— Weird Dall-E Mini Generations (@weirddalle) June 12, 2022
no fuck every other dall-e image ive made this one is the best yet pic.twitter.com/iuFNm4UTUM
— bri (@takoyamas) June 10, 2022
— Weird Dall-E Mini Generations (@weirddalle) June 12, 2022
— Chairman George (@superbunnyhop) June 9, 2022
back at it again at the DALL•E mini pic.twitter.com/iPGsaMThBC
— beca. ⚢ (@dorysief) June 9, 2022
There’s no looking back now, not once you’ve seen Pugachu; artificial intelligence is here to stay.
Profiles in Courage...and Not So Much.
Some people do the right thing. Others do the easy thing.
In 1957, John F Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage, a biography focused on eight Senators who served their country with distinction. These men were legislators who stood for their beliefs against overwhelming opposition and JFK's writing about them comes with the understanding that America is better for their stubbornness. It's in this spirit that we've compiled a list of six current members of Congress in a modern (very abridged) take on JFK's famous book. Three of these members of Congress are deserving of their very own Profiles in Courage, and their acts while in office have been nothing short of patriotic. The other three...not so much.
Elizabeth Warren has endured an onslaught of insults from our president, who's given her the nickname Pocahontas and recently made her the butt of an uncomfortable rape joke. While the decorum Warren's shown during the Trump presidency is probably enough to get her on this list, her tireless effort to help those in need is what really makes her stand out as a Senator. She's currently working to scale back Trump's tax cuts and is attempting, with Senator Bernie Sanders, to pass a bill to alleviate Puerto Rico's debt. Unlike many Democrats, she isn't just paying lip service to standing up to president Trump either and has voted with him on an astronomically low 9.2% of all bills passed since January of 2017. If the Liberal #resistance is looking for a hero, they need look no further than Elizabeth Warren.
Kamala Harris is the junior member of this list and has only been in the Senate since January of 2017. That said, she's already using her position to help get more progressive candidates elected, and it seems as though she has the magic touch. In California's primary elections this June, 20 out of the 27 candidates that Harris endorsed came away with a win. On top of this, Harris is leading the defense against Trump in California, fighting to stop him from revoking California's Clean Air Act. She's also supporting a tax relief bill for renters in the Bay Area. Right out of the gate, the freshman Senator is already so involved in the Democratic Party that many are wondering if she'll try for President in 2020. One look at her record as DA of San Francisco and Attorney General of California and it's easy to tell that she doesn't back away from her principles. Harris, like any politician, has made some mistakes along the way, but her steely resolve is already paying dividends in Washington.
Richard Burr is a hardline Republican, voting with Trump 93% of the time. That said, following Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Burr has led a group of outspoken conservatives in their denouncement of the two world leaders' relationship. The meeting, in which Trump buttered Putin up, calling him "extremely strong and powerful," occurred just day after a dozen Russian military officers were indicted for election tampering. Despite his support for Trump in the past, Burr has publicly stated his belief that "Russia conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems," and condemned Trump for being soft on Putin. Democrats have been complaining about Russian collusion for over a year at this point, but Burr's willingness to disregard his party and attack the president is one of the first principled stands on this issue coming from the right side of aisle.
Not so much:
When it comes to Mitch McConnell, trying to boil his political career down to just one instance of wrongdoing feels impossible. For example, when asked about how to address the upward trend of school shootings over the past few years, he said "I don't think at the federal level there's much that we can do other than appropriate funds." His fence-sitting alone isn't enough to get him on this list, however. Mitch McConnell showed his true colors in vivid 4K display when he spearheaded the movement to stop President Obama from exercising his (Obama's) constitutional right to name a Supreme Court Justice in 2016. Not only was this act unconstitutional, it also has long lasting implications for our federal government's stances on abortion and gay rights. McConnell's actions in 2016, were the catalyst for Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump and McConnell also lended a hand when Trump was trying to decide who to replace Anthony Kennedy with earlier this summer. McConnell's willingness to disregard the law to create a more conservative Supreme Court represents a type of corruption many want removed from Washington.
In the past year or so, Joe Manchin has come out as a staunch Trump supporter, an exceedingly rare thing among Democratic Senators. He isn't very vocal about it, as this type of thing might alienate his supporters, but Manchin's actions speak for themselves. He recently voted in support of funding Trump's border wall and has been cozying up to Trump in recent months due to the fact that Republicans in West Virginia are eyeing Manchin's senate seat. According to FiveThirtyEight's Trump Score, Manchin votes in line with our president about 60% of the time, the highest of any Democratic Senator. He's obviously not part of the unified front most Senate Democrats are putting up against our president, and a cynical pundit might point out that his recent voting habits are less tied to his principles and more tied to the fact that he's up for reelection this year.
In a certain light, Paul Ryan retiring and refusing to work with this administration due to Trump's lack of decorum and the fact that he (Ryan) "feels like he's running a daycare," is understandable. What it comes down to is a difference of opinion between the Republican Party leadership of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and President Trump. Their views overlap in several areas, but Ryan reportedly wanted to distance himself from Trump's immigration policies and racist remarks. All of this invokes a sort of sympathy. The new boss is terrible, so why not find a new job? The only problem is, "finding a new job" in this scenario equates to giving up on the fight. Rather than challenge Trump and continue to battle against the policies Ryan supposedly thinks are unfair, he's turning tail and running away. Ryan has recently stated that he's averted disaster many times by talking to the president one on one. If this is true, and Ryan is the President Whisperer, then he has a responsibility to continue preventing disasters, at least until we have a new president. It's a cowardly act to bow out only halfway through Trump's first term. Some think Ryan is trying to distance himself from Trump in order to later run for a higher office, but the Speaker has denied this. At a moment where he could define his legacy, Paul Ryan has elected to run away.