When it's not powering self-driving cars or tracking your every online purchase, AI - artificial intelligence - has a side gig creating art.
WOMBO AI is a Canadian artificial intelligence company that earlier this year released an app called WOMBO Dream. The app, available on most online stores and through an online browser, uses AI to combine word prompts with an art style to create beautiful and completely original paintings in a matter of seconds.
Vancouver Is Awesome ran several Vancouver-specific search terms through the app and came out with some… intriguing results.
The prompt “Vancouver Affordable Housing” (run through the fantasy filter of course) spat out a jumbled wall of apartments stretching into cloudy skies. Pretty accurate.
The “Vancouver Mountains” prompt turned out a gorgeous piece that looks like an oil painting of the city with a mass of mountains and trees looming above it.
WOMBO was even able to conjure up the famous English Bay Barge with the prompt “Vancouver Barge.” While the shape of the barge leaves something to be desired, the red rusty colour is spot on.
“Stanley Park” generated using the Ukiyoe filter turned created a mix of city structures, water and greenery that gives off a vague ancient Japanese feeling.