Buzzfeed’s AI Images of Americans From Every State Is Hilarious — and Worth Watching for Investors

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3 min readJul 14, 2023
Dave Stopera / Midjourney via Buzzfeed

Key Takeaways

  • The generative text-to-image AI model craze shows no signs of slowing down, with Buzzfeed recently posting a hilarious collection of images of stereotypes of each U.S. state
  • A lot of the current text-to-image generation fad feels quirky and gimmicky, but will likely see more innovative business use cases emerge with time
  • Right now, it’s challenging to invest in generative AI, as many of the companies behind these AI models aren’t publicly tradable

Buzzfeed recently posted a collection of images that the author created with a prompt asking generative AI app Midjourney how Europeans see Americans from each U.S. state — and the results are a hilarious mixed bag of, for the most part, stereotypical caricatures.

Midjourney is just one of many AI-powered text-to-image models that has taken the internet’s attention by storm, with some other popular ones including OpenAI’s DALL-E and Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion.

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AI is often being used for quirky, fun projects — but this will evolve over time

While a lot of businesses are putting generative AI image models to good use for things like branding, a large part of the internet’s current captivation with it lies with creating quirky images that memetically grab attention.

This is par for the course for a new, ground-breaking technology, though. Let’s take a look back in time at when the iPhone was launched, for instance: the earliest apps were gimmicks like an on-screen beer, lighter, or shotgun.

It may seem a bit inane for such a powerful technology to be used in this way, but make no mistake: developers playing around with the tech, and collectively learning how to better harness its potential is often the starting point for truly paradigm-shifting use cases to emerge over time.

What are some other use cases generative AI has found so far?

As much as text-to-image models dominate the internet’s attention, generative AI has already found plenty of more impactful use cases.

Enterprises are leveraging the rapidly-evolving generative chatbots, such as ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Jasper, to support their workflows and make them far more efficient.

To name just a few such use cases, software developers have been harnessing their power to smooth out their code generation, documentation and QA; content creators are using its power to generate ideas, and sometimes even the final product, for blog and social media content writing; advertisers have been using it to create catchy branding and marketing copy.

The bottom line

Generative AI is still absolutely in its nascent stages — but we’re starting to see the tech being adopted in more and more impactful and innovative ways. Admittedly, though, the most visible of these ways tend to be attention-grabbing and quirky, so as to appeal to the largest possible group of people. Regardless, AI is moving fast and is on the cusp of revolutionizing tech as a whole, and it’s worth keeping an eye on.

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