As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, similar to DALL-E, I wished to see how effectively they may create area and astronomy photographs. I am nonetheless queuing DALL-E 2, so I haven’t got any suggestions to present there, however I signed up for Midjourney AI, performed with the free account, after which signed up for a completely paid account, so I might take a look at its capabilities.
How effectively does it work? It is okay I feel. I am nonetheless studying to craft the prompts for greatest outcomes, however the largest drawback is that they are unscientific. If you happen to want an image of a SLS, it must be the precise SLS and never some sort of Artwork Deco model of a rocket that appears prefer it was designed within the Fifties. It is good, however I am unable to use it.
I have been in a position to create a picture of a meteor resting on the ocean ground for a latest story, and I’ve tried just a few different illustrations. It will possibly work with tales with summary ideas the place there is no such thing as a present picture that we will use.
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OK, OK, however what about non-scientific photographs? Enjoyable photos. That is required. I have been utilizing AI to create photos of the Ars Magica sport I am taking part in with my son and his mates.
I requested Midjourney AI to think about the photo voltaic system however within the type of meals. In every case, the AI was given a information to the planet product of meals. So, “Jupiter is product of a sandwich” or “Neptune is product of a bowl of berries.” You may see the outcomes under.
This was difficult, and it took a variety of makes an attempt to create meals which might be spherical and may also seem like Mercury. I’ve tried pizza and soups, however this one lastly received the metallic blue sheen of Mercury as seen from MESSENGER.
In our telescopes, Venus is a featureless yellow ball, which seemed like some sort of nut soup to me. I’ve tried just a few variations, and nothing clicked, however I feel this has extra to do with the boring look of the flower than the concepts the AI got here up with. I selected one thing with extra dramatic vortices within the clouds, though much less scientifically correct.
Correct hit of the goal. It isn’t cake and it isn’t Mars. But it surely’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Beloved this and the way scrumptious it appears to be like.
One other nice show of AI, in my view. It is clearly a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, however the pasta is organized in a round sample that evokes the planet Saturn.
This appears to be like scrumptious. Blueberry ice cream with blueberry garnish. I can solely think about its style. The present is nice. I like the best way the AI fell on the underside left nook. Type of proof of her inspiration?
That is only a small a part of a for much longer thread on Twitter the place I have been getting picture requests. In case you have some concepts, simply put up a remark within the thread, and I will see what I and the AI can do.
A couple of folks have pointed me towards a sure spoof chorizo model of Alpha Centauri captured by James Webb, and I promise it was an entire coincidence that Etienne had mind astronomy meals.
You will possible see extra photographs from AI right here on Universe Right this moment, however I promise we’ll reveal the supply clearly as an artist sketch by AI within the picture caption. I do know there’s an enormous debate available about artist illustrations versus precise photographs, versus graphics, versus human-made artwork, versus AI artwork.
For now, I feel the very best place to start out is the silliness.
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