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

As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, resembling DALL-E, I wished to see how effectively they might create area and astronomy photographs. I am nonetheless queuing DALL-E 2, so I haven’t got any suggestions to offer there, however I signed up for Midjourney AI, performed with the free account, after which signed up for a completely paid account, so I may 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 finest outcomes, however the greatest downside is that they are unscientific. When you want an image of a SLS, it needs to be the precise SLS and never some type of Artwork Deco model of a rocket that appears prefer it was designed within the Fifties. It is good, however I can not use it.

Undoubtedly not a House 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 latest story, and I’ve tried just a few different illustrations. It could work with tales with summary ideas the place there isn’t a present picture that we are able to 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 enjoying 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 manufactured from meals. So, “Jupiter is manufactured from a sandwich” or “Neptune is manufactured from a bowl of berries.” You may see the outcomes under.


Mercury, as a cookie. Credit score: Midjourney AI

This was difficult, and it took loads 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 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 seemed like some type 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.


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

Correct hit of the goal. It is not cake and it isn’t Mars. However it’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Cherished 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, 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 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. 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 put up a remark within the thread, and I am going to 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 may seemingly see extra photographs from AI right here on Universe In the present day, 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 begin is the silliness.

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