If you spend any time on Twitter, you might be familiar with WeRateDogs. The account takes submissions of dog photos and videos from fans, then rates the dogs (every dog scores better than 10 because every dog is great).
Well, thanks to the technological magic of artificial intelligence, we now have @dog_fakes, an account full of AI-created dogs with AI-created captions. It's adorably terrifying.
The account was created by research scientist and author Janelle Shane, who writes about AI often.
Shane said she used OpenAI's new API to create a Twitter bot based on the @dog_rates account, and used AI-based image creator Artbreeder to make the images. The results are little doggie monstrosities with captions that sound juuuuust close enough to the real thing.
Some of the AI-created dogs are rather dog-like, and the captions stick to a theme.
While other dogs are...uh, terrifying.
Personally, I'm a fan of this oversized mop of a dog who loves a good sandal and had her butt shaved.
Moe with his six- or seven-ish feet is pretty great too.
And who wouldn't want a talking dog with three happily wagging tails?
Shane noted in her blog post about the project that you can give the AI prompts, which she did on several of these...for example, this one was created by the AI using the prompts "Cthulhu" and "tentacle."
The original WeRateDogs account has taken notice and — I'm happy to report — seems to approve of this madness.
After all, every dog is a good dog...even fluffy AI-created nightmares that apparently eat abominations.