If you’ve ventured onto social media in the past week, you’ve probably come across some inexplicably odd images featuring pop culture icons in unexpected guises.
Mike Wazowski as a toilet? Yoda shredding an electric guitar? Breaking Bad’s Walter White in Stardew Valley? All the work of the new internet obsession, Dall-E Mini (opens in a new tab): a text-to-image AI app that encourages ordinary people to put their imaginations to the test by creating truly outlandish digital art.
Similar to Google’s Imagen software but with a lot more traction on Twitter, Dall-E Mini – whose name is a pleasant mash-up of Disney’s WALL-E and artist Salvador Dalí – encourages users to type in a few words or phrases before spitting out nine separate images to save and share at will.
But for all its meme-making potential, the software also produces some really great artwork – and below we’ve rounded up seven user-created masterpieces that we think could sit comfortably (sort of…) alongside Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
“Alien Cat from Another Planet”
Cat memes are often the order of the day on the internet, and that hasn’t changed with the advent of Dall-E Mini – but this particular feline creation, from the mind of TechRadar. Thomas Bedford, does good to the animal obsession. We call this one Close Encounters of the Purr Kind.
“Silent Hill Nurse Eating Pizza”
Admittedly, this one is a little creepy, but Twitter user @vf_vikintor (opens in a new tab)The genie of “the nurse from Silent Hill eating pizza” also boasts a hauntingly cheesy beauty. Imagine the relief of biting into that 16-inch Margherita after surviving one of the games series’ horror-infested hellscapes? Series creator Keiichiro Toyama would be proud.
“Cthulhu Gets Married”
Another glorious discovery on Twitter thanks to @lightediand (opens in a new tab), “Cthulhu Gets Married” proves that even the most monstrous creatures of the deep deserve to find love. The eyes, the tentacles, the setup of the photo shoot – it’s all so magical. All we can say is that the young woman in this photo is a lucky woman.
“A Waterfall in Space”
Another space-themed special from TechRadar’s Tom Bedford, “A Waterfall in Space,” documents the kind of phenomenon we’d expect to find floating above a distant planet in the ends of the universe. Is it a scorching sun above the falls in question, or a multiversal version of the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings? It’s up to you, humble spectator, to decide.
‘Pablo Picasso The Mona Lisa’
@CaseyJPod (opens in a new tab)Pablo Picasso’s Mona Lisa is exactly what we hoped for. We don’t know what more we can say.
‘Ivy beside the tree trunk’
“Ivy next to a tree trunk”, from a Twitter user @aymordi (opens in a new tab), is a refreshingly tranquil image among the relentless colors and energy of most Dall-E Mini creations we’ve seen. It also looks remarkably realistic, proving that this AI software is, in fact, pretty darn accurate.
“Shadow on the Horizon”
TechRadar’s senior audio editor, Becky Scarrott, is the creative mind behind “Shadow on the horizon.” Despite its title, this is perhaps the most ambiguous of all the images included in this list. Who or what is this divine figure depicted offshore, and what does she want? The two unfortunate souls in the foreground seem about to find out. TO TEAR APART.
Have you created artistic masterpieces using Dall-E Mini (opens in a new tab) who could be listed next to our choices? Share them on our Twitter account, @techradar (opens in a new tab)and we’ll endeavor to respond with our impressions (and perhaps some of our own user-generated monstrosities…).