This Image Does Not Exist

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Considering the number of photoshopped and artfully modeled images representing artists work here; I’m not sure what exactly is meant by “real” in this context.
As a game, it’s not playing fair.

I’m more inclined to see it as another instance of “Holy shit, Dall-E 2 is going to blow the world of art and self expression apart.”

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The one thing I notice is the AI-generated images seem to have a lack of imagination when it comes to point-of-view. The AI tends to frame things pretty flatly, from straight ahead. The humans picked more dramatic camera angles and often picked out one or two focus points that were visually interesting.

It would be fascinating to see a comparison of images where humans and AI were given the same prompts.

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My art history tutor used to have a game called “Artist or Serial Killer” where you had to identify them from just a small black and white photo.

Eventually, even though they looked remarkably similar, we realised that all of the artist’ pictures were well lit and posed.

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It is definitely not a pipe.

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There’s a similar game: Meth addict or Hockey player?

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Could’ve fooled me.

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Imagine if the instructions to the AI began with the phrase “Interesting view of…”

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I assume there’s a “Both” option.

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Lucky I didn’t read it then.

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These efforts are certainly interesting, but it helps to keep well in mind that all of the (well published) versions of A.I. algorithms are complex elaborations of curve fitters. “Feed back neural networks aren’t just fitting curves you old @#$ you!” But they are, they’re setting their weighing coefficients in each ‘neuron’ by looped minimization to training sets. And that’s the rub: training sets. They end up coughing up, often fascinatingly re-arranged, whatever they’re trained on. (“So what!? just like humans!”) So if you train them with 10,000 stock images, by-damn, they produce pretty tolerable stock images. Still quite interesting for a sense of the gestalt.

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AI generated images do indeed exist.

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@birdsarentreal

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I am not replying

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To what?

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Truly an NFT then.

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So nothing showing them from their “starving artist” days, then.

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No, even then, well lit and posed.

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“Starving Artist” days are the time when photos are at their most posed and beautifully, if bleakly, lit.

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