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

As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, corresponding to DALL-E, I needed to see how properly they might create area and astronomy pictures. 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 completely 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 greatest 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 can not use it.

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

I have been in a position to create a picture of a meteor resting on the ocean ground for a current story, and I’ve tried a number of different illustrations. It could actually work with tales with summary ideas the place there isn’t any present picture that we will use.

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

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 manufactured from meals. So, “Jupiter is manufactured from a sandwich” or “Neptune is manufactured from a bowl of berries.” You possibly can see the outcomes beneath.


Mercury, as a cookie. Credit score: Midjourney AI

This was difficult, and it took a number of makes an attempt to create meals which can be spherical and may also appear like Mercury. I’ve tried pizza and soups, however this one lastly received 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 appeared like some type of nut soup to me. I’ve tried a number of 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 is not cake and it isn’t Mars. But it surely’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Liked this and the way scrumptious it appears to be like.


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

One other nice show of AI, for my part. 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 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 way in which the AI ​​fell on the underside left nook. Form 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 photograph requests. If in case you have some concepts, simply publish a remark within the thread, and I am going to see what I and the AI ​​can do.

Just a few individuals 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 may doubtless see extra pictures 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 pictures, 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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