Hilarious AI Fails at Photo Captions
Part of my job as an indie author is to market my books. The need for background images for ads and promotions periodically sends me to various stock photo sites. The latest trend in these sites is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create photo captions. Often, they miss the point. Sometimes I suspect they're drunk. And sometimes the AI fails at photo captions are hilarious.
Fair Warning: Photo-Heavy Post with Snarky Commentary
AI Can't See the Forest for the Trees
First, here are examples of what I mean when the AI captions the photo, but hilariously fails to notice other things that might be of interest.
The AI says this is a photo of beige and white houses. True, but it fails to mention the spectacular red and blue sky that takes up 80% of the image.
The AI captioned this photo as “Buildings Are Closer.” Yes, but again, you might want to mention that sky…
Yes, dear sweet AI, the girl does have a guitar on her back. You might want mention the tornado touching down in front of her…
Go Home; You're Drunk
Sometimes drunks have many, many words to say that make no sense. Here are examples of funny captions by what I suspect are drunk AIs.
Got it: House, river, concrete, architecture, and no people. Look! Aren't those sea lions on the pier?
Yes, they are “vegetables in big size.” I think the word you're going for is “pumpkins.”
The AI says this is a blue, green, and yellow abstract painting. What on earth is it seeing?
AI: It's a woman in a brown dress sitting on a chair.
Me: First of all, it's a dude in a monk's robe, and second of all, he's kind of busy with that cherub.
AI says its vehicles in a parking lot. Remind me never to accept a ride from the AI.
AI Photo Caption Fails are Hilarious
Lastly, here are examples of when the AI get it hilariously wrong.
This, the AI will have you know, is a squirrel.
The AI's photo caption for this is “gray elephants.” Naughty AI. Poor Sphinx kittens get picked on enough without being called names.
This could have gone in the drunk section, but the AI fail is too funny. Gentle readers, I give you “Mysterious of Sky.”
Oh, dear. The AI got everything right except the fact that neither a giant shoe or a tyrannosaurus rex are a “grey and black helicopter.”
Sometime in the future, I'll do another post like this, but instead of captions, I'll do keywords. For example, type the word “bunny” into the search bar, and sometimes, inexplicable images show up.
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These are hilarious! It’s surprising how often they miss the focus of the picture. I thought that “Helicopter” picture especially was quite funny. How can it see a helicopter in there? And those poor kittens being described as elephants?
Obviously AI’s still have a long way to go when it comes to captions, but it sure makes for a funny post. I hope you’ll do more posts like these!
The “helicopter” photo caption made me snort my tea. 🤣
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