Art/Design, Lifestyle, Tech

What is DALL-E and why is everyone obsessed with it?

It can even predict fashion lines.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jul 9, 2022

If you haven’s heard of DALL-E yet, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. DALL-E is the new viral AI art bot that generates a series of visuals based on prompts. Originally released in January 2021, DALL-E is an “artificial intelligence program developed by OpenAI that creates digital images from textual descriptions. It uses a 12-billion parameter version of the GPT-3 Transformer model to interpret natural language inputs and generate corresponding images.” In other words, it is capable of revolutionizing the world of image creation as we know it.


GPT-3 demonstrated that a sizable neural network can be programmed to carry out a range of text generation tasks. The Image GPT experiment demonstrated that the same kind of neural network may also be used to produce high-quality photos, making it possible to manipulate visuals through the use of language.


In June, the meme/image-making app gained a lot of traction on Twitter and Reddit. The viral success of DALL-E Mini signals more than just a new method of creating memes. It serves as a warning about the unknowns surrounding the potential consequences of widely accessible AI systems that produce photos on demand, without the need to know anything about image creation.


Custom photographs and artwork generated by algorithms may change the way that art is perceived and aid corporations in their marketing efforts, but they also have the potential to deceive and manipulate people. These AI image generation tools may “reinforce or exacerbate societal biases” or “generate images that contain stereotypes against minority groups.,” according to a warning on the DALL-E Mini website.


However, if we put these concerns aside for now, we can enjoy the fact that we have gotten to a point in tech and science development where these tools are so advanced that they may potentially be able to predict certain trends. Not only is DALL-E capable of creating bizarre images from prompts, it’s also predicting menswear collections for SS23.


Of course, the creation of art by artificial intelligence usually prompts worries about the loss of jobs in creative industries, which were once thought to be safe from the advancements of technology and AI. The question now is whether we can do something to stop it or if we should utilize it to our advantage.


For some companies like Meta, AI is the future and they’re even willing to go all-in on the world’s fastest AI supercomputer.


Photo via OpenAI