For this year’s traditional “Puffins?” Day post, I wanted to bring you a picture of a puffin surrounded by baked beans, because puffins are now a Beans tradition.
Turning to our benign computer overlords, I asked several AI image generators to give me a picture of “a puffin surrounded by baked beans”.
This one is very stylish, but the beans are not what I wanted. Try again.
I appreciate the photo realism, but we’re still having difficulty with the beans. Try again.
Ah, yes, I see. Those are beans and they might have been baked, but they’re not what I meant when I asked for baked beans. I wanted the dish called baked beans, not merely some oven-heated legumes. Try again.
Wait. This time I’ll ask for “a puffin surrounded by baked beans in tomato sauce”.
It took me a moment to realise what had happened. The AI has now given me the beans I desired, but it has also imagined what a puffin would look like if you cooked it and then served fillets of puffin in a bowl of beans.
I’m not trying again because this is getting too disturbing. So much for AI. And so much for “Puffins?” Day 2023.