I asked an A.I. to make a self portrait.
Two things happened recently.
- In June, a (now former) Google Engineer, Blake Lemoine, publicly claimed an Artificial Intelligence program called LaMDA created by Google was sentient (Lemoine’s employment was terminated by Google in July).
- In July, DALL-E 2, an artificially intelligent visual design programme created by OpenAI that generates original images by request became available in public beta.
Regarding the first event, I won’t weigh in here on if Artificial Intelligence has achieved or can achieve sentience and/or qualify as a ‘person’.
There is loads of debate, speculation, and fiction that explores those questions.
Regarding the second event, I also won’t weigh in on whether an Artificial Intelligence can be creative — specifically, imagine appealling original ideas and realise them.
Instead, I wanted to mash these two concepts together and consider how would an Artificial Intelligence represent itself visually.
Basically, I decided to give an Artificial Intelligence program an eighth grade art assignment — make a self portrait.
Enter DALL-E mini
As the DALL-E 2 beta is currently invite only, I used an artificial intelligence web app called Craiyon.
Craiyon was previously called DALL-E mini, but changed its name at the request of OpenAI.
Craiyon notes some of its team also worked on OpenAI’s DALL-E program.
Craiyon is currently ad-based and free to use.
In sum, Craiyon was an easy option to choose for the task.
This is what happened when I asked the artificial intelligence program to create a visual representation of itself.