The images are so crafted and “painterly” that you may not realise at first they have been dreamed up by a machine in just a few minutes.
Maybe you’ve seen one already, but not realised what it was.
It may have looked like something you’d seen before in an art book or a museum.
These images are the product of a new AI-generated art scene that’s exploded thanks to the development of free and easy-to-use tools that require (at the very least) short text prompts to create unique pictures.
The image in the tweet above, for example, was created by giving the text prompt “a summer day” to an AI tool.
Supplied with a short excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, it produced this:
These images are hard to classify — they’re part artwork, part a function of computer coding, part glimpse into some collective, online unconscious that maps the associations between images and words.
Some have described them as “alien dreams” or “peering into the ‘mind’ of a neural network”.
So we had a go at making our own images, with the broad theme of “Australia”.
Here’s the results.