I asked an AI to dream up the solar system as food

As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, similar to DALL-E, I wished to see how properly they might create house and astronomy photographs. I am nonetheless queuing DALL-E 2, so I haven’t got any suggestions to provide there, however I signed up for Midjourney AI, performed with the free account, after which signed up for a totally paid account, so I might check its capabilities.

How properly does it work? It is okay I believe. I am nonetheless studying to craft the prompts for finest outcomes, however the greatest downside is that they are unscientific. If you happen to want an image of a SLS, it ought to be the precise SLS and never some type of Artwork Deco model of a rocket that appears prefer it was designed within the Nineteen Fifties. It is good, however I am unable to use it.

Undoubtedly not a Area Launch System. Credit score: Midjourney AI

I have been capable of 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 probably work with tales with summary ideas the place there isn’t any present picture that we are able to use.

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OK, OK, however what about non-scientific photographs? Enjoyable footage. That is required. I have been utilizing AI to create footage of the Ars Magica recreation I am enjoying with my son and his buddies.

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 made from meals. So, “Jupiter is made from a sandwich” or “Neptune is made from a bowl of berries.” You’ll be able to see the outcomes beneath.


Mercury, as a cookie. Credit score: Midjourney AI

This was difficult, and it took plenty of makes an attempt to create meals which might be spherical and may additionally seem like Mercury. I’ve tried pizza and soups, however this one lastly acquired the metallic blue sheen of Mercury as seen from MESSENGER.


The flower as a bowl of soup. Credit score: Midjourney AI

In our telescopes, Venus is a featureless yellow ball, which regarded like some type of nut soup to me. I’ve tried just a few variations, and nothing clicked, however I believe 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.


Mars is sort of a cake. Credit score: Midjourney AI

Correct hit of the goal. It isn’t cake and it is not Mars. But it surely’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Liked this and the way scrumptious it seems to be.


Saturn as a plate of spaghetti. Credit score: Midjourney AI

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.


Neptune, as a blueberry dessert. Credit score: Midjourney AI

This seems to be 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. Sort 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. You probably have some concepts, simply submit a remark within the thread, and I will see what I and the AI ​​can do.

A number of folks have pointed me towards a sure spoof chorizo ​​model of Alpha Centauri captured by James Webb, and I promise it was a whole coincidence that Etienne had mind astronomy meals.

You will possible see extra photographs from AI right here on Universe Immediately, 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 believe one of the best place to begin is the silliness.

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