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

As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, akin to DALL-E, I needed to see how nicely they may create house and astronomy photos. 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 take a look at its capabilities.

How nicely 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 form of Artwork Deco model of a rocket that appears prefer it was designed within the Fifties. It is good, however I am unable to use it.

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

I have been capable of create a picture of a meteor resting on the ocean flooring for a latest story, and I’ve tried a couple of different illustrations. It will possibly work with tales with summary ideas the place there is no such thing as a present picture that we will use.

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OK, OK, however what about non-scientific photos? Enjoyable photos. That is required. I have been utilizing AI to create photos of the Ars Magica sport I am taking part in 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 made from meals. So, “Jupiter is made from a sandwich” or “Neptune is made 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 lots of makes an attempt to create meals which can be spherical and may also 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 appeared like some form of nut soup to me. I’ve tried a couple 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. Nevertheless it’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Liked this and the way scrumptious it appears.


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 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 picture requests. When you’ve got some concepts, simply submit a remark within the thread, and I am going to see what I and the AI ​​can do.

A couple of 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 will probably see extra photos from AI right here on Universe At the moment, 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 photos, versus graphics, versus human-made artwork, versus AI artwork.

For now, I believe the most effective place to start out is the silliness.

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