Last month, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher caused a bit of a stir when he suggested that text to image generator Dall-E 2 had created its own secret language. Now, another unsettling feature has been discovered in Dall-E 2's open access predecessor, Dall-E: It appears to have invented an entirely new cryptid named Crungus.
Comedian Guy Kelly was messing around with the usually enjoyable AI when he decided to put in the prompt "crungus".
"I really enjoy coming up with words/names/things that sound satisfying, and evoke feelings of a thing," Kelly told IFLScience. "Crungus. Plunff. Crudge."
"I was lying in bed at 2/3 am, and I thought 'ooh, I should come up with some of those names that sound like a monster (to me, a human) into the AI wossname, and see if it (an AI, soulless sand) agrees with me.' The plan was to try a few," he said, "but I hit 'run' on the site and promptly fell asleep."
"Then I woke up the following morning, opened my phone, and was greeted by Crungus. It was horrible."
He is not kidding.
So, what's going on? Well, we don't have any certain answers, but people do have a few theories.
"It's been really interesting seeing so many people's different ideas," Kelly told IFLScience. "Lots of people have said [it's due to the similarity to] Krampus, but feeding it (the AI, not Crungus) Krampus gives a very different beast."