What can AI imagine?
As I was playing around with Craiyon, I experimented with taking an abstract concept and putting it next to a concrete noun. In every instance I tested, Craiyon ended up anchoring the image to the concrete noun. The tool is generating for what is “easiest” for itself to understand and what it has experience and data to generate images of. I wonder how useful tools that leverage AI to help us humans will be at making us think outside the box – outside the tactile world. Will AI help us understand and push us to consider concepts?
For example, I searched “cowardice toothbrush”, “motivated toothbrush”, and “religious toothbrush” and got results that were identical.
For fun, I searched “Christian cult Harvard” because late this Saturday night, I walked into some sort of initiation ceremony which consisted of well dressed boys linking arms (and bodies) singing songs while parading a large cross around in a circle with presumable “leaders” instructing them on what to do. I wondered how Craiyon would represent what I saw and the tool could not incorporate the non-tactile parts of my text. The AI tool needs practice in representing a wider range of concepts – to “think”!