ChatGPT Isn’t Supposed to Do This

Whee Whee from TikTok

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And how AI guardrails are still hilariously imperfect?

I’m writing Inside the Creator Economy (my weekly LinkedIn newsletter) right now – and thinking about cover art. One of my lead stories is about TikTok’s new Instagram-inspired app called “Whee”.

I’ll usually start with a crazy idea and then refine it into something workable. Generative AI art is very much a collaborative process.

My 12-year-old self just pasted this prompt into ChatGPT’s DallE-3: “a cartoon picture of a character that resembles Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes peeing on a TikTok logo”.

Whee Whee. Get it?

It shouldn’t have sent this image to me. It violates at least three supposed guardrails (copyright character, company logo, scatological imagery).

Yet this was excreted on my very first try.

Needless to say, I won’t be USING this image.

But. Well. Happy Saturday.

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