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

As soon as I noticed new AI picture creation instruments, equivalent to DALL-E, I wished to see how properly they may create area and astronomy photographs. I am nonetheless queuing DALL-E 2, so I haven’t got any suggestions to present there, however I signed up for Midjourney AI, performed with the free account, after which signed up for a totally paid account, so I may take a look at its capabilities.

How properly does it work? It is okay I feel. I am nonetheless studying to craft the prompts for greatest outcomes, however the greatest downside is that they are unscientific. Should 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.

Positively 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 current story, and I’ve tried a couple of different illustrations. It may possibly work with tales with summary ideas the place there is no such thing as 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 taking part in 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’ll be able to see the outcomes under.


Mercury, as a cookie. Credit score: Midjourney AI

This was tough, and it took a whole lot of makes an attempt to create meals which might be spherical and may additionally appear to be Mercury. I’ve tried pizza and soups, however this one lastly bought 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 regarded like some type of nut soup to me. I’ve tried a couple of 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 is not Mars. Nevertheless it’s a cake that makes you consider Mars. Beloved this and the way scrumptious it seems.


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 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. Type 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. You probably 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 an entire coincidence that Etienne had mind astronomy meals.

You may seemingly see extra photographs from AI right here on Universe Right this 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 photographs, versus graphics, versus human-made artwork, versus AI artwork.

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

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