The Simpsons have been around since 1989. During the show's 34 seasons, we've seen the legendary family interact with their friends, co-workers, extended relatives, townspeople, local celebrities, and even aliens.

The creators originally intended for many of these characters to be one-time jokesters or for fulfilling a very specific function in the town, but a number of them have earned expanded roles and subsequently starred in their own episodes.

We've grown used to them and it's quite hard to imagine these folks outside their yellow universe. Which is exactly the reason why a series by artist Milan Jaram hits so hard.

In it, he uses artificial intelligence to generate real-life versions of the beloved characters, and they look eerily familiar. As in, someone who at the same time could and could not be your neighbor. Continue scrolling and meet the bunch.

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Artist Milan Jaram has been dabbling in artificial intelligence, focusing on its "darker side"

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And has an ongoing series where he reimagines The Simpsons characters as real-life people

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Would you shake their hand if you met them in public? Or run the other way without looking back?

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Ned Flanders

Ned Flanders

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Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Okely dokely neighborino!

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#2

Groundskeeper Willie

Groundskeeper Willie

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Yep, but again looks too kind.

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"The Simpsons has been around all my life," Jaram told Bored Panda. "From the first Christmas episode; we all would huddle around before Christmas and watch it."

According to creator Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television.

Jaram said he really appreciates the cast. "Character design is Groenig all the way, that's his thing. Good for him."

#3

Milhouse

Milhouse

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Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
2 weeks ago

But my Mom thinks I'm cool!

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#4

Comic Book Guy

Comic Book Guy

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Ploploplop
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Worst... picture... ever!

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Mr. Burns

Mr. Burns

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

He looks too kind.

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"The idea for this series came to me from trying to be creative with AI, pushing its limits and seeing what it could do," Jaram explained.

"But if you go to my website, you'll see some non-AI stuff (traditional art) that also went viral, for example, mixing up things like Muppets as real people."

"TikTok has just been a venue to share the ideas I've gotten from AI."

#6

Maggie

Maggie

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Babyoda42 (he him)
Community Member
2 weeks ago

She has seen things…

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#7

Lisa

Lisa

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

Wow, that's a lot of spikes... And not cute/innocent enough

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#8

Patty And Selma

Patty And Selma

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Nice, but where are the cigarettes?

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#9

Grandpa Simpson

Grandpa Simpson

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Creeped out by those eyes.

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Artificial intelligence art has been booming really hard lately. Especially after an art prize at the Colorado State Fair was awarded to a work that – unbeknown to the judges – was generated by one of its systems.

But social media has also seen an explosion of weird AI images from text descriptions, such as "the face of a Shiba Inu blended into the side of a loaf of bread on a kitchen bench, digital art."

Or "a sea otter in the style of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer."

#10

Homer

Homer

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

He looks entirely too muscular.

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Bart

Bart

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der sebbl
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Why does he look younger than Lisa?

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#12

Moe

Moe

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best turtle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

he needs to be far uglier

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#13

Santa's Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper

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Helena R
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Santas little helper is a greyhound

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According to Ph.D. student Rodolfo Ocampo who specializes in human-AI creative collaboration, you could say this revolution began in June 2020, when a company called OpenAI achieved a big breakthrough in the field with the creation of GPT-3, a system that can process and generate language in much more complex ways than earlier efforts.

You can have conversations with it about any topic, ask it to write a research article or a fictional story, summarize text, craft a joke, and do almost any imaginable language task there is.

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Krusty The Clown

Krusty The Clown

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Zara (she/they)
Community Member
2 weeks ago

He looks crusty af

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#15

Carl

Carl

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Java Addict
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Carl kind of looks like that one guy from Night Court.

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Ralph

Ralph

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Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
2 weeks ago

My Leprechaun tells me to burn things

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Otto

Otto

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Entirely too professional, not stoned enough.

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"In 2021, some of GPT-3's developers turned their hand to images," Ocampo said. "They trained a model on billions of pairs of images and text descriptions, then used it to generate new images from new descriptions. They called this system DALL-E, and in July 2022 they released a much-improved new version, DALL-E 2."

"Like GPT-3, DALL-E 2 was a major breakthrough. It can generate highly detailed images from free-form text inputs, including information about style and other abstract concepts."

#18

Barney

Barney

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JR
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Looks like a hard man from Liverpool

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#19

Edna Krabappel

Edna Krabappel

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Dash Junior
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

As portrayed by Maggie Smith.

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#20

Smithers

Smithers

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Looks a little too old, and we have to see the signature hair spike. Nice touch to make the suit look a bit too big, though.

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#21

Troy McClure

Troy McClure

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Needs the self-important swagger

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Soon after the introduction of DALL-E 2, a few competitors emerged. One is the free-to-use but lower-quality DALL-E Mini (developed independently and now renamed Craiyon), which was a popular source of meme content.

Around the same time, a smaller company called Midjourney released a model that matched DALL-E 2's capabilities way better. "Though still a little less capable than DALL-E 2, Midjourney has lent itself to interesting artistic explorations." Ocampo pointed out. "It was with Midjourney that Jason Allen generated the artwork that won the Colorado State Art Fair competition."

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Chief Wiggum

Chief Wiggum

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Joe Smith
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Where's his upturned pig snout. This was a waste of time

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#23

Lenny

Lenny

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der sebbl
Community Member
2 weeks ago

"realistic"

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#24

Apu

Apu

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I didn't think Apu would look to be in his 50s or 60s.

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#25

Dr. Hibbert

Dr. Hibbert

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Emily Secrest
Community Member
2 weeks ago

As weird as I feel saying this, he doesn't look black enough... More like a tanned white guy. The chin doesn't help - Hibbert is rounded but not doughy

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But does it mean that anyone can generate vivid visual content, image or video, with a few lines of text and a click of a button? Looking forward, what will it mean when social media algorithms not only curate content for your feed but generate it?

"Some speculate that, in the short term, this means human creativity and art are deeply threatened," Ocampo said.

"Perhaps in a world where anyone can generate any images, graphic designers as we know them today will be redundant. However, history shows human creativity always finds a way. The electronic synthesizer did not kill music, and photography did not kill painting. Instead, they catalyzed new art forms."

#26

Fat Tony

Fat Tony

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Snakery Bakery
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Black Tony

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#27

Marge

Marge

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Tilfeldig Forbipasserende
Community Member
2 weeks ago

No, no, no!

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Principal Skinner

Principal Skinner

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Madison Sadler
Community Member
2 weeks ago

NO

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#29

Cletus

Cletus

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Zara (she/they)
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

This is NOT Cletus at all, he has brown hair and they got his eyes completely wrong. Didn’t even get the full shot in

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Kent Brockman

Kent Brockman

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Jeroen de Wijn
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Well, he wars a suit and has white hair. But that's about it.

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