AI-generated photos of ‘people’ at a party look eerily realistic – until you take a closer look


Artificial intelligence can now let people invent a social life by creating images that suggest they attended a party that never happened and with friends that do not exist.

Twitter user Miles created a realistic-looking collection with the AI system Midjourney, which generated images of women smiling at the camera and men raising their cups for a toast.

The images appear to be candid shots of friends at a party, but a closer look may give you nightmares.

The ‘people’ are grinning with mouths full of teeth, hands are growing from hips and tattoos look like mold growing on their skin.

However, the excessive amount of fingers has captivated the internet, with one user saying they look like ‘a nest of alien appendages sprouting forth to devour their host.’

A Twitter user used the AI system Midjourney to create images of people at a party. While they look realistic, many of the ‘people’ were created with more than five fingers on their hand

Midjourney is an AI program that creates images from textual descriptions. 

This means users type keywords of what they want to be made, and the AI generates the photos based on the theme.

Miles shared a thread with the AI party images, the first group showing only women.

Two of the photos suggest the women are taking pictures looking in the mirror – one of them is holding up what appears to be a camera.

And the other two snaps show candid shots of three friends smiling and looking forward.

The ‘mirror pics’ are a dead giveaway that AI created the images because the ‘people’ holding the camera have more than the standard five fingers on their hand.

Twitter users ‘Rural Anarchy’ posted: ‘Pretty soon, the only way to tell will be to count the fingers. 5 and it’s real, 6 it’s questionable, 7 and it’s definitely AI generated.’

Along with too many fingers, the women also have too many teeth. 

The following photographs show men, which could have been taken during a weekend house party.

A group of three are raising their cups to cheers, but they not only have an excessive amount of fingers, but one of them has a hand growing out of his arm.

Twitter user ‘David the Pooh’ tweeted: ‘I love playing ‘Who’s holding the cup’ with my identical triplet bros. It helps distract everyone from the tiny bowl of tiny eggs we bring to every party.’ 

And while many users laugh at the mistake, Miles found the AI may be biased when creating ‘people.’  

‘I had to be specific in order to get male-looking AI people—and even then, variation is a challenge. It definitely defaults to white people when you ask for ‘people,’ Miles tweeted.

There is one image Midjourney created that looks like it was snapped in real life, but users have spotted mistakes in the eyes.

The digital images also show people with mouths full of teeth, off-centered necks and missing bits of clothing. One woman appears to have tattoos that look like mold growing on her skin

The digital images also show people with mouths full of teeth, off-centered necks and missing bits of clothing. One woman appears to have tattoos that look like mold growing on her skin

The images appear to be candid shots of friends at a party, but a closer look may give you nightmares

The images appear to be candid shots of friends at a party, but a closer look may give you nightmares

There is one image Midjourney created that looks like it was snapped in real life, but users have spotted mistakes in the eyes

There is one image Midjourney created that looks like it was snapped in real life, but users have spotted mistakes in the eyes

 However, John Hoopes tweeted that AI now presents a new tool for ‘stay-at-home introverts.’

These people can ‘invent a vibrant social life for their online personae. No one can deny that they were at a party that never happened and was attended by imaginary friends. For those who ‘need to get out more,’ this may be it,’ the Twitter users posted.

AI also creates artwork that looks like a graphic designer made it.

In September, a piece was awarded a first-place blue ribbon and a $300 prize after winning the digital category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition.

Human artists, however, were furious about the news – with one saying the world is ‘watching the death of artistry unfold.’

Images were also created to show men only. This image looks realistic until you see the hand floating at the bottom right

Images were also created to show men only. This image looks realistic until you see the hand floating at the bottom right

A group of three are raising their cups to cheers, but they not only have an excessive amount of fingers, but one of them has a hand growing out of his arm

A group of three are raising their cups to cheers, but they not only have an excessive amount of fingers, but one of them has a hand growing out of his arm

The excessive amount of fingers has captivated the internet, with one user saying they look like 'a nest of alien appendages sprouting forth to devour their host.'

The excessive amount of fingers has captivated the internet, with one user saying they look like ‘a nest of alien appendages sprouting forth to devour their host.’

In September, an AI-generated image was awarded a first-place blue ribbon and a $300 prize after winning the digital category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition

In September, an AI-generated image was awarded a first-place blue ribbon and a $300 prize after winning the digital category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition

The AI artwork, dubbed Théâtre D’opéra Spatial, was submitted by Jason Allen, the president of a Pueblo-based gaming company Incarnate Games, who said he used Midjourney to make the stunning scenes that appear to combine medieval times with a futuristic world.

Midjourney is an AI program that creates images from textual descriptions.

Allen announced his win on Discord, an instant messaging social platform where he goes by Sincarnate.

The news then spread to Twitter, where users shared their distaste that AI-generated artwork was chosen over those created by a human – one user stated, ‘that’s pretty f*cking sh*tty.’

The Colorado resident appears not to be bothered by the criticism. 

Allen notes on Discord how Twitter users are against AI-generated art but are also ‘the first to throw the human under the bus by discrediting the human element.’



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