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This AI will turn your wildest descriptions into actual images

If you ever wondered what a ‘baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog’ looks like, you’ve come to the right place

A new artificial intelligence by OpenAI allows you to create cute and bizarre images from scratch, based on your written description.

Called DALL·E, the AI is trained to generate images from text captions, using a dataset of text-image pairs. All you need to do is enter a description – the weirder the better – and wait for the results.

While examples range from “an extreme close-up view of a capybara sitting in a field” to “an armchair in the shape of an avocado“, the AI is particularly amusing when it comes to conjuring anthropomorphised versions of animals and objects in odd scenarios too. See: an illustration of a baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog.

Other examples include “a professional high quality illustration of a giraffe turtle chimera” and “a professional high quality emoji of a lovestruck cup of boba”.

“We find that DALL·E is able to create plausible images for a great variety of sentences that explore the compositional structure of language,“ reads a description by OpenAI on its website.

“We recognise that work involving generative models has the potential for significant, broad societal impacts,” it adds. “In the future, we plan to analyse how models like DALL·E relate to societal issues like economic impact on certain work processes and professions, the potential for bias in the model outputs, and the longer term ethical challenges implied by this technology.”

Check out the examples below and try it out for yourself here. When you’re done, have a look at this AI bot that roasts people’s questionable music tastes.