You probably know the DALL-E application best for the strange meme material it generates, but it has genuinely useful applications too. Recently, amateur urban planners have been using it to re-imagine cities designed for pedestrians, and the results are captivating.
DALL-E is where many of us go to waste time, right?
A dull afternoon at work is made that little bit brighter by generating absurd memes like Shrek at the strip club, or Pokémon in the Love Island villa. That isn’t what we’re talking about here though.
If you’re currently a little confused, allow us to explain. DALL-E is an open source AI software created by a company called OpenAI.
Currently in the beta phase of its second iteration, (DALL-E 2) it is best described as a text-to-image generation tool that produces artwork based on user-inputted descriptions.
While 90% of DALL-E creations you’ll see on Twitter and Reddit are a blend of hilarious and ridiculous, a user called @betterstreetsai has been putting the machine learning system to good use.
Zach Katz, a 28-year-old artist, musician, and amateur urban planner has created a website and matching Twitter handle where he shares re-imagined visualisations of American cities – ones that cater to pedestrians and not cars.
— AI-generated street transformations (@betterstreetsai) July 26, 2022