Maybe it’s because I’m bored out of my damn skull. Maybe it’s because I’ve been roasting bowls like weed is going extinct. Maybe it’s because I have a hangover brain.
Maybe because all my hope is lost. Whatever the reason is, these AI-generated memes are absolutely killing me. I’ve had tears in my eyes for the last hour straight as I’ve scrolled through these.
Apparently as bored as the rest of us, Imgflip founder Dylan Wenlau has spent his newfound free time developing an AI-powered meme generator and the results are truly some of the funniest pieces of internet content I’ve seen all year.
Its creator, Imgflip founder Dylan Wenlau, used his machine learning platform Tensorflow and Keras to generate the captions. His dataset included roughly 100 million public meme captions posted by Imgflip users, he wrote in a Medium post, and 48 of the most popular meme formats.
“Character-level generation rather than word-level was chosen here because memes tend to use spelling and grammar…uh…creatively,” he wrote. [via Mashable]
They say that art is subjective and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to me, this is beautiful, modern art (if you want to find more, just search “meme generator” on Twitter).
While your boy is famously anti-artificial intelligence, this meme generator may cause me to reconsider my stance on the matter. If the robots are capable of this sort of creative genius, there’s no telling what sort of powers they may possess. Before we know it, they’ll start writing symphonies, stand-up sets, and screenplays. This could only be the beginning.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him firstname.lastname@example.org