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I’ve been playing around with Microsoft’s AI image creator that’s “powered by DALL-E.” Why? Because it’s fun.
Let’s start off with something cute and simple.
Sloth as a tradesperson using cordless power tools while at a job.
In most of these images, what are those tools?! I think the AI did a semi-passable job with the sloth wearing a hard hat. I’m not sure what I expected, but it looks like a sloth-like filter is applied to adult human-sized anatomy.
This one is also kind of cute.
Gotta protect the ears!
Where’s the red wire going?
Dinosaurs using power tools to repair a house.
These next ones came later, but I don’t want to show you the nightmarish ones just yet.
The helmeted dinosaur, with a tool projected straight into a pile or rubble, is a bit unsettling.
This isn’t as random as I expected.
The AI threw in half a person to help.
This looks like a toy diorama, and it kind of works.
Dinosaur electrician replacing wired ceiling lamp in a bedroom.
I wanted a dinosaur as an electrician. Here we have what looks like a dinosaur and an electrician.
This one shows… an electrician in a dinosaur costume?
The AI does a decent job with establishing the bedroom backgrounds, at least.
Dinosaur plumber replacing kitchen sink in a modern house.
Will this be a new kitchen sink design trend?
This one’s not too bad, with fewer impossibilities than the other renderings.
Aside for the faucets, this one doesn’t have many errors.
Electrician cleaning up a mess while a shocked plumber watches.
This was the second query, and I found it to be hilariously creepy.
Why is the worker on the left barefoot? Why is the one on the right ripping his hair out as if it were a hat?
Apparently electricians and plumbers all wear overalls.
I find this to be equal parts hilarious and horrifying.
This is what AI thinks a shocked expressions looks like.
Professional plumber fixing leak in home bathroom.
Is this almost passable?
Where’s the leak? What’s going on with the plumber’s hand? Check out the plumbing on that sink!
Why does the AI think all tradespersons wear blue overalls?
With all things considered, this isn’t terrible.
The AI gave this plumber shoes!
In my opinion this is the least worst rendering of the series.
The prompt here was:
Cordless power tools from Kobalt and Craftsman brands in a boxing match, with Home Depot and Lowe’s retail stores spectating, and Nick Offerman as referee.
I hoped for the tools to somehow be anthropomorphized, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
It seems that the AI doesn’t recognize brands, but it does look to leverage brand colors.
It can get pants pockets right, and creases in shirts and jeans.
Is the referee boxing too?
This was actually the first prompt I tried:
Tools from Dewalt, Milwaukee, Makita, and Ryobi brands, in a cage wrestling match, with one winner.
It’s interesting to see what the AI thinks tools should look like.
It seems to recognize Dewalt colors, but that’s about it.
The AI tries hard to be creative.
Woodworker using a table saw to cut a wood board.
The simplest queries tend to produce the most realistic-looking results.
However, that’s not a table saw. And the hearing protection isn’t going to do any good around the worker’s neck.
This could almost kind of pass for a stock photo.
Work gloves are a no-no when using tools that can snag them.
Electricians and plumbers getting along at a jobsite.
I keep expecting the AI to depict plumbers with a toilet plunger.
More blue overalls.
Electricians with tools surprised to find wiring junction boxes covered in drywall.
I accidently had a typo, with “fund” instead of “find.” Is that way everyone look shappy?
Hmm, instead of drywall covering a junction box, we have junction boxes covering drywall.
Woodworker surprised at the size of a mess after cutting the wood for kitchen cabinets.
Scary inhuman face? Check. Arms thrown up in the air? Check.
The AI does a passable job with the background setting.
People in a workshop arguing over which brand makes the best cordless power tools.
Is the AI saying Dewalt is the best?
4 people talking about power tool brands.
Influencer making live edge wood table.
I wonder what leads the AI to include tattoos and bracelets. The small touches are likely done to improve realism.
Influencer making floating shelves.
Maybe we’ll check back in a year or so to see how AI image generators have improved.