Mike Blake | Reuters Armchairs in the shape of avocados and baby daikon radishes wearing tutus are among the quirky images created by a new piece of software from OpenAI, an Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence lab in San Francisco.
The lab said Dall-E — a portmanteau of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Wall-E, a small animated robot from the Pixar movie of the same name — had learned how to create images for a wide range of concepts.
While neural networks have generated images and videos before, Dall-E is unusual because it relies on text inputs whereas the others don’t.
Gary Marcus, an entrepreneur who sold a machine-learning start-up to Uber in 2016 for an undisclosed sum, told CNBC that it’s interesting but it “doesn’t advance the state of AI.”
GPT-3 is set to be OpenAI’s first commercial product and Reddit has signed up as one of the first customers.