DALL-E mini memes go viral when website crashes

If you’ve seen some slightly distorted images on Twitter recently, it’s not just reality that continues to collapse. An open AI program called DALL-E mini has overtaken Twitter in the past week, spawning a surreal stream of distorted art.

DALL-E mini is developer Boris Dayma’s version of the separate DALL-E program released earlier this year. It generates a series of images based on text prompts, like the original program.

“We found it to have a variety of abilities,” reads the DALL-E website, “including creating anthropomorphic versions of animals and objects, combining unrelated concepts in plausible ways, rendering text, and applying transformations to existing images.” A note on the DALL-E-Mini site states: “While the extent and nature of the distortions of the DALL-E-Mini model have yet to be fully documented, it is given the fact that the model was trained with unfiltered data from the internet can produce images that contain anti-minority stereotypes.”

The quality of the DALL-E images appears to be better, but what the DALL-E mini produces is better suited to Twitter’s target audience. According to Know Your Meme, a June 4th thread by @AliceAvizandum, the frightening, silent Hill-similar images of the queen, has sparked virality. Some truly inspired internet artworks followed.

An artwork by Guy Buffett was held up as a proto-DALL-E thumbnail.

The feverish nature of the meme production was also commented on and became a meme itself. The traffic on the site apparently made it in the interim inaccessible in the last days.

We reached out to Dayma for comment.

*Initial Release: June 9, 2022 1:09 PM CDT

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