To Be or Not to Be

How does Craiyon picture the dilemma of existence?

I was curious to see how Craiyon handles the challenge of picturing Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy. It requires a lot of imagination to turn a philosophical quote into picture, especially when it is done by an AI!

I started with the entire quote “To be or not to be: that is the question”. Craiyon seems to have taken the word “question” literally and generated some question marks (see the left panel). I then removed the latter part of the sentence, keeping only the most abstract section of the quote. The returned pictures are far more interesting. Some reflect deep thinking, while others consist of highly abstract shapes that seek to capture the essense of the dilemma. The protagonist is a human-like figure but not necessarily a person.

I find it encouraging that this tool builds upon human imagination but is also able to extend human imagination. In this sense, AI as algorithms can help promote art and creativity!


An AI’s Take on my Vietnamese-American Culture: Cross-Cultural Thanksgiving Dinner


Dog in a Spaceship

Student comments on To Be or Not to Be

  1. I like your inputs on the model! I guess labeling photos with abstract concepts and interpreting the cultural contexts is difficult so the photos come out rather simplified or unclear. But the results are indeed encouraging!

  2. Really interesting way to explore how the AI handles abstract ideas. It seems like it anchored only to “question” part of the prompt for the panel on the left. The panel on the right definitely seems a bit more abstract. It seems like AI isn’t good at figuring out abstract prompts yet.

Leave a comment