Tuesday, September 27
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Images AI Midjourney “Stairway to Heaven”

This modern era of GPU-accelerated AI applications has its advantages. Pulling useful information from mountains of raw data, alerting users to driving hazards, or simply keeping tabs on bee populations are all helpful. Lately, there has been an increase in attempts to produce (or should it be conservation?) works of art from carefully sculpted inputs.

One such AI art project is midjourney, which can be played through a Discord onboarding bot. This bot takes textual input and then “dreams” with it, producing images that are sometimes weird, often downright disturbing.

You can DIY it for free, for a short time, but there is a monthly cost if you want to use it “for real”, whatever that means. YouTuber [Daara] incorporated the lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” into it, producing a video tour of the resulting releases for your playback.

Just for the sake of – you know – Science, we introduced biographical details about the author of Hackaday halfway through to see what came to light. Can you guess which authors match the images?

Engineering nerds like us probably aren’t the best judges of whether or not it counts as art, but creating interesting images from a rough concept is certainly at least fun. What about mundane inputs, like “hammer drill on PCB”?

Led Zeppelin has been around for a while, with some cool homages, like this C64 demo stage hack that streams a song straight from the humble floppy and doesn’t sound bad at all. And if all this AI image stuff is familiar, we covered another application, a stable release last week.

Thanks to [Andy Pugh] for the tip!