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According to ChatGPT, “Art is a means of creative expression that stimulates the senses, engages the mind, and enriches our cultural and intellectual experiences.” And while that might be the goal for various artificial intelligence programs that create pieces of “artwork” in the blink of an eye, the results are often much more hilarious than anticipated.

In honor of the new age of AI art that we’re living in, Bored Panda has scoured the internet to find images of some of the most hilarious AI art fails the world has ever seen. Keep reading to also find a conversation we were lucky enough to have with Angus Russell, the founder of NightCafe, and if you’re an artist yourself, rest easy. It doesn’t look like AI will be taking your job any time soon!

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So Majestic

So Majestic

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Deb Dedon
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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Salmon chanted evening, you may see a strange thing, you may see a strange thing across a crowded stream....

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I Tried Making Something, But It Came Out A Little Ruff

I Tried Making Something, But It Came Out A Little Ruff

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While AI art has become increasingly popular in recent years, it has likely been around much longer than you realize. According to TechTarget, some of the first versions of artificial intelligence art appeared in the late 1960s. However, the first notable program came about in 1973 when Harold Cohen developed Aaron. Aaron “was an AI assistant that used a symbolic AI approach to help Cohen create black-and-white art drawings,” Sean Michael Kerner at TechTarget explains. But following Aaron, it took many decades for AI art to find its way into the mainstream.

In 2014, discussions started about GANs, a foundation of generative AI technology, and in 2015, Google released DeepDream, which uses “a convolutional neural network (CNN) as an experimental approach to AI art,” Kerner says. And over the past 5 years, AI art has only become more and more prevalent, as Ganbreeder was released in 2018 (later rebranded as Artbreeder), using GAN models to allow us to use AI technology to edit existing images and even create new ones.

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This Was An Attempt In Midjourney To Make An Image Of My Narrator With A "Cocky Expression"

This Was An Attempt In Midjourney To Make An Image Of My Narrator With A "Cocky Expression"

I guess they took it literally and made him into an abominable rooster-man. Good thing they didn't take the word "cocky" in a different sense.

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AI art also made headlines in 2018 after an artist going by the name of Obvious auctioned off a painting titled Edmond de Belamy, that he created using GAN models, for a whopping $432,500. “Sold in an original gilded wood frame, the portrait depicts a man dressed in a dark frock coat with a plain white collar showing underneath,” Dezeen reported at the time. “The work looks unfinished, with indistinct, blurry facial features and large areas of canvas left blank.” This was the first AI-generated piece of artwork to be sold by a major auction house, but there will likely be many more in the future.

In May 2022, Google launched its Imagen technology as a new way to create AI art, which uses text-to-image. Since then, various other programs have popped up, including Stability AI, Adobe Firefly, Midjourney, Prisma and more. And while AI art has long been a controversial topic among those in the art community, TechTarget notes that some of the ways artists can utilize AI are for art therapy, democratization, education, enhancing their existing creations, to create completely new pieces and for inspiration for new pieces.  

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I Wanted To Generate A Picture Of A Fisherman That Catches A Salmon Using AI, And This Is What I Got

I Wanted To Generate A Picture Of A Fisherman That Catches A Salmon Using AI, And This Is What I Got

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AI Needs To Work On People Holding Their Umbrellas

AI Needs To Work On People Holding Their Umbrellas

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To gain more insight on the topic of AI art, we reached out to Angus Russell, the founder of NightCafe, an online AI art studio. Angus noted that it can be quite difficult for beginners to achieve what they’re going for when creating AI art. “A newcomer will typically write a prompt like ‘A dog riding a surfboard’. Depending on the model they're using, they may get something that looks like a dog riding a surfboard, but it most likely won't look very good because there's no information about how the image should look in general,” the founder shared. “E.g. should it look like a photo or a painting? What kind of style? What breed of dog? Etc.”

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A Man Mansplaining A Woman On How To Eat A Hamburger

A Man Mansplaining A Woman On How To Eat A Hamburger

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AI Is Having Some Difficulty With Roller Skates

AI Is Having Some Difficulty With Roller Skates

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I Honestly Have More Fun With AI When It Does Some Nonsense Like This. At No Point In The Prompt Did I Come Close To Asking For This, But Hey, Happy Accidents

I Honestly Have More Fun With AI When It Does Some Nonsense Like This. At No Point In The Prompt Did I Come Close To Asking For This, But Hey, Happy Accidents

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“An experienced prompter, on the other hand, would write a prompt like ‘A cute golden retriever riding a surfboard at dusk. Intricate details, HDR, beautifully shot, hyperrealistic, sharp focus, 64 megapixels, perfect composition, high contrast, cinematic, atmospheric, moody’. All these extra keywords give the AI a lot more guidance, and the keywords that experienced prompters use are generally known to be well understood by the AI,” Angus explained.

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Sometimes AI Fails Completely. This One Should've Been A Knight Rider

Sometimes AI Fails Completely. This One Should've Been A Knight Rider

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It Turns Out Lots Of People Can Do Handstands

It Turns Out Lots Of People Can Do Handstands

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We were also curious if there are any types of art that AI is particularly skilled at creating. “It depends on the model you're using, but all models are generally very good at generating things like landscapes, lighthouses, architecture, beaches, etc.,” Angus noted. “Older models are generally not good at generating faces without making them look weird and distorted, but newer models are getting much better at that, to the point that most AI art these days seems to revolve around people and faces (often in an anime or concept art style).”

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Ladies And Gentlemen, Doja Cat

Ladies And Gentlemen, Doja Cat

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Sometimes AI Doesn't Do What You Want It To Do

Sometimes AI Doesn't Do What You Want It To Do

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man's best friend looking a little creepy there. Maybe hoping for more than friendship?

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Angus shared that the best and most creative AI artwork he’s seen was an old piece, made in the days before DALL-E and Stable Diffusion were available. “The models were a lot slower and a lot less capable,” he noted. “But this AI artist managed to do something truly incredible. He sliced a photo of the Mona Lisa up into 9 rectangles, then used each of those rectangles as a ‘start image’ for 9 different generations with a post-apocalyptic theme, which caused the post-apocalyptic images to vaguely resemble the shapes and colors of the start image. Then, he stitched those images back together in such a way that if you squint, you can still make out the Mona Lisa.” If you’d like to check out the image, you can find it right here

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According To AI, "Cats Tap Dancing In A Cafe" Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

According To AI, "Cats Tap Dancing In A Cafe" Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

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When it comes to some of the worst pieces Angus has seen, he noted that repeated heads and extra limbs are quite common and can be very funny. (As we can see from this list!)

“The more descriptive you can be, the better,” the founder says. “Use natural language and full sentences to describe the main subject of your image, but then you can just add comma-separated keywords such as ‘beautiful, golden hour, pastels’ to change the overall style.”

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I Asked AI For "A House Made Out Of Cheese". It Gave Me The IKEA Version

I Asked AI For "A House Made Out Of Cheese". It Gave Me The IKEA Version

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You want cheese? Add it yourself! We will even add illustrated instructions in Swahili

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#23

Parenting Is Hard

Parenting Is Hard

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a lot of "WTH?" with this one but it made me laugh

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Semi-Failed Attempts At Coaxing Midjourney Into Recreating Smudge Lord

Semi-Failed Attempts At Coaxing Midjourney Into Recreating Smudge Lord

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Angus also addressed the fact that many people are opposed to AI art, as they see it as taking away jobs from real artists. “As the founder of an AI art community, I see it entirely differently,” he shared. “Creating beautiful and/or funny images is fun. Most of our users have no intention to sell their art or do anything with it other than perhaps share the good ones on Facebook or Instagram. Instead, it's all about the process of creating the art, and the way that it makes you feel. It can be therapeutic, an escape from the world, and give you a sense of pride and creativity that you may not have felt before. Give it a go!”

If you’d like to create your own pieces on NightCafe, you can do so right here!

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I Love When This Happens

I Love When This Happens

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Someone Doesn't Seem To Understand How Spas Work

Someone Doesn't Seem To Understand How Spas Work

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"the natives in this village are so nice to us! But I think they should lower the heat a bit. Otherwise, we will soon start cooking. Hahaha"

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If you’ve previously been worried about the threat of AI taking over the world, we hope this list has put your mind at ease. If these programs can’t even create simple images without failing miserably, I think the future of humanity is safe (for now). Keep upvoting the pics that you find most hilarious, and feel free to share your thoughts on AI artwork in the comments below, pandas. Then, if you’re interested in checking out another article featuring AI art fails, look no further than right here!

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Since AI Is So Bad At Creating Hands, I Went With "No Hands"

Since AI Is So Bad At Creating Hands, I Went With "No Hands"

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#29

New Beauty Standards

New Beauty Standards

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80s Grocery Store Shopping. When Shopping Cart Becomes Part Of You

80s Grocery Store Shopping. When Shopping Cart Becomes Part Of You

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Sue Denham
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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are those croissants? Are they pumpkins? Are they . . . you know what, I don't think I want to know.

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This AI Fail

This AI Fail

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see a Pixar movie here, about a guy who looses his arm and an unlikely wooley mammoth saviour gives him one of his tusks to use as a prosthetic... and so begins a beautiful friendship

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Sometimes, When Attempting To Do Handstands, You Just Need A Flexible Buddy

Sometimes, When Attempting To Do Handstands, You Just Need A Flexible Buddy

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#36

Cat Breakdancing Contest. One Of Them Even Has Human Legs

Cat Breakdancing Contest. One Of Them Even Has Human Legs

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#37

Just Casually Driving

Just Casually Driving

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m sorry in advance, but… when you want to ride two things at once.

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Let AI Create The Image

Let AI Create The Image

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So I Was Trying To Make Images Of Deadpool Sitting In An Acrylic Chair. Let's Just Say That I Was Having Issues With Getting Midjourney To Understand The Task At Hand

So I Was Trying To Make Images Of Deadpool Sitting In An Acrylic Chair. Let's Just Say That I Was Having Issues With Getting Midjourney To Understand The Task At Hand

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#43

I Just Wanted Some Cool Pictures Of Spider-Man

I Just Wanted Some Cool Pictures Of Spider-Man

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#44

What's Your Favorite Raw Vegetable To Eat With Your Friends?

What's Your Favorite Raw Vegetable To Eat With Your Friends?

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#45

A Typical Lovely Day In Italy

A Typical Lovely Day In Italy

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Jesse Setliffe
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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't you hate it when your waiter starts transforming into a man spider while you're trying to eat?

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Parkour

Parkour

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David
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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

top left - dude has skills. top right - when you fart on your neighbor's property. bottom left - when you secretly substitute the jello at lunch with flubber. bottom right - not sure about this one. either something about a weird stockade or it's just a trip to the ER

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Prompt: "Beautiful White Kittens With Blue Eyes In A Pink Gift Box"

Prompt: "Beautiful White Kittens With Blue Eyes In A Pink Gift Box"

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

probably no one cares but i had a cat phase as every child does, and white cats with blue eyes are almost always born completely deaf

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

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David
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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When the officials want to test you again for illegal substances.

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AI Has A Hard Time Creating Pedicure Ideas

AI Has A Hard Time Creating Pedicure Ideas

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, no. AI is just giving you multiple options for pedicure ideas. You just choose one.

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