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Modern Day Henry VIII Recreated With AI, And He Doesn't Look Happy About It

"He looks like you've just spilled his pint."

James Felton

James Felton

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clockAug 25 2022, 11:58 UTC
A portrait of Henry VIII in red and brown robes and enough jewels to buy Kent
He looks much more at home in the past. Image credit: Public Domain via Ann Longmore-Etheridge /

An Artificial Intelligence (AI)-generated image has given us a glimpse of what King Henry VIII of England would look like in the modern world, and he does not look comfortable with the circumstances.

AI-generated imagery is getting spookily good. As well as producing never-before-seen demons from hell named Crungus, they are able to produce some pretty impressive results, particularly by the leaders in the field Imagen by Google Research and Open AI's DALL-E 2.

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Both systems use a blend of natural language processing AI with massive image training sets to produce extremely impressive results, whether you want to see a painting of a fox sitting in a field at sunrise in the style of Claude Monet or a majestic oil painting of a raccoon Queen wearing red French royal gown.

People have used simpler models – Dall-e – to make some pretty weird and wonderful creations.

It's unclear which AI was used to make the image, but one Redditor by the name of Lord_o_the_North decided to put Henry VIII into the modern day. 

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It's fair to say he does not look happy with the situation, but don't feel too bad about it as he did kill a significant percentage of his wives.

"He looks like you've just spilled his pint," redditor certified_big_dog replied, accurately.


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