Uniquity: DALL-E, NFTs, and the emergence of limited-edition abundance

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When you use DALL-E, a new AI system that generates images from natural language descriptions, words become your pencils, paints, brushes, cameras, lenses, chisels, and more.

In the DALL-E universe, though, there’s never just one way to translate written language into graphic language. Inverting the old proverb on its head, a single word – or more accurately, a single phrase or premise – can be the starting point for a thousand pictures. 

Each time you enter a text prompt, DALL-E generates four different images in a matter of seconds. Here, for example, is the initial set of images that DALL-E generated when I entered “A subway train on Mars”:

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If you don’t see anything you like, you can just hit the GENERATE button again, and DALL-E will produce four new images:

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You can also modify DALL-E’s output by modifying your text prompt. Here’s what DALL-E produced when I entered “A 3D render of a subway train on Mars”:

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Here’s the results for “A panoramic 3D render of a bullet train speeding through the Mars desert as spaceships circle overhead”:

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With DALL-E, you can literally produce hundreds of unique images within minutes. As I experienced this amazing generativity first-hand, I quickly began to think in terms of multiples and scale. What kinds of books or other projects, I wondered, where you might need dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of images, could you use DALL-E for?

One of the first ideas my team and I hit upon was the idea of an (Read more...)