Have you ever wondered what Elon Musk or Che Guevara would look like as cats? No, neither do we. But someone out there did, and advances in AI art generators mean they no longer just have to imagine what the resulting cat would want. They created Inspired Cat Daily, an entire YouTube channel dedicated to AI-generated images of celebrity-inspired cats.
Considering that cats and celebrities might be the internet’s two favorite things, the idea is really…well, inspired. From Mother Teresa to Marilyn Monroe, and from Desmond Tutu to Warren Buffet, we can now see what we’re doing, so we’re sure Inspired Cat Daily will be a huge hit (still unsure how text-to-image AI Art generators work • See our post on using DALL-E 2).
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We’ve all seen those mundane motivational posters. Sometimes a photo of a famous person with a quote from them underneath, sometimes just a stock photograph of a waterfall (and a stock price to match). Wouldn’t it be so much more inspiring if these nuggets of wisdom were delivered by a cute AI-generated cat that bears a striking resemblance to the sage quoted. Of course it would!
Thankfully, Inspired Cat Daily is here. The YouTube channel we never knew we needed that demonstrated the whole point of AI art generators in just a handful of uploads, making them all worthy of controversy. “If you like cute cats and are inspired by great people, then INSPIRED CAT DAILY is the right channel for you,” says the station’s introduction. “Here you will find inspiration from great people portrayed as cats.” Genius!
Inspired Cat Daily shares a video every day. Each features an image of one of their AI-generated celebrity-inspired cats along with a voice-over reading an inspirational quote from that person. It could be a philosopher or mystic (Plato, Goethe, Francis of Assisi), a mega-pop celebrity like Madonna and Michael Jackson, or a business leader like Musk, Jobs or Warren Buffet.
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We do not know who is behind the channel. We’ve just received an email signed by Inspired Cat, in which the perceptive cat said she uses Midjourney’s text-to-image AI art generator to create the images. This is one of the tools that came out on top in this comparison of the best AI art generators. It’s also the AI art generator that controversially won an art competition.
You type in a text prompt that describes the image you want to create, and the AI tool does its best to create what you think you want based on the millions of existing images and captions it’s been trained on want. Such tools are highly controversial due to copyright issues – in most cases the authors of the works used to train the tools have not been consulted – and concerns about their relevance to creative jobs. But this is just the kind of silly yet adorable project that might win people over.