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.
Robin Williams would have voted for Joe Biden, point blank.
This weekend, Eric Trump gleefully shared a video of the late Robin Williams making fun of presidential candidate Joe Biden that bore the caption, "Robin Williams Savages Joe Biden."
https://t.co/KiklnDgnE7— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump) 1596711758.0
Zelda Williams tweeted in response, "While we're 'reminiscing' (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did. Promise you, it's much more 'savage.' Gentle reminder that the dead can't vote, but the living can."
While we’re ‘reminiscing’ (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did… https://t.co/nzXS658s6H— Zelda Williams (@Zelda Williams) 1596861971.0
Robin Williams, who would have turned 69 last month, had certainly poked fun at Joe Biden. In the clip shared by the younger Trump, Williams quips, "We still have great comedy out there, there's always rambling Joe Biden, what the f***... Joe says s*** that even people with Tourette's go, 'No. What is going on?'" He continued, "Joe is like your uncle who is on a new drug and hasn't got the dosage right...I'm proud to work with Barack America — 'He's not a superhero, you idiot — come here!'"
His comments about the current president were far more incisive and far-reaching. For example, in 2012, he referred to Trump as "a scary man" and "the Wizard of Oz" because "he plays monopoly with real f***ing buildings."
Of course, these jokes are based in very real calamities. Many of Trump's real estate projects and business ventures have notoriously fallen through or crash-landed completely, landing him in massive debt. Yet time and time again he was bailed out by his father, Fred Trump, who paid millions to keep his son's delusions of glory alive. He was also bailed out by a variety of banks (and still owes Deutsche Bank an outstanding $350 million). In some ways, it's no surprise that Trump will leave America sick, in debt, and in crisis.
In the same show, he made fun of Trump's many beauty pageants and his wide range of creepy comments about his daughter. "And he owns all these beauty pageants. Miss America, Miss Universe. Isn't it like Michael Vick owning a series of pet stores? It's a f****** catch and release program for him," Williams continued.
Robin Williams on Donald Trump from 2012 www.youtube.com
"This is a man who says: My Daughter is hot.' Even people in Arkansas said that's f****** wrong," he added.
Trump—a man who many online conspiracy theorists and QAnon followers believe is at the forefront of an effort to break up a number of child sex rings—has made numerous unnerving comments about children, including his own daughter, Ivanka.
Williams also came for Trump's crowning glory: his hair. "'And that f****** hair? I believe the hair is The Donald. The body is a maintenance system for the hair.," he said. "The body is a maintenance system for the hair."
Williams died in 2014, after taking his life shortly after having been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. A staunch lifelong democrat, Williams supported gay marriage and donated over $150,000 to Democratic and left-leaning groups during his life. His daughter, Zelda Williams, 31, is an actor, producer, and artist. She's appeared in Criminal Minds and Jane the Virgin and produced and starred in a short film, Shrimp, in 2018.
Williams has also consistently dedicated herself to carrying on her beloved father's legacy. Two weeks ago, she celebrated what would've been her father's 69th birthday by donating $69.99 to a number of local homeless shelters. "To honor him (& that glorious number), I will be donating $69.69 to as many local homeless shelters as I can," she wrote on Twitter. Later on, she shared screenshots of numerous donations to nearby homeless shelters, many of which provide housing for LGBTQ+ youth. "Join me if you like, but regardless, know I am wishing you all at least one hearty, immature belly laugh on Dad today," she added.
Today would’ve been Dad’s 69th birthday, so to honor him (& that glorious number), I will be donating $69.69 to as… https://t.co/D3ZQWyyabg— Zelda Williams (@Zelda Williams) 1595357662.0
While Robin Williams wasn't alive to see Trump ascend to the presidency, it's almost certain that he would've hated the man, and he likely would've given us some very necessary comedic gold. After the end of George W. Bush's presidency, Williams said, "It's the end of the reign of George the 2nd. The reign of error is over. America is officially out of rehab…He's a gift to comedy, though, he's a comedy pinata. I'm going to miss him."
We all miss Robin Williams, but at least we have his progeny to keep the Trump administration (somewhat) in check.