Animal Crossing is a popular video game franchise developed by Nintendo that has gained a reputation for being wholesome and relaxing. In the game, players take on the role of a resident in a village populated by anthropomorphic animals, where they can engage in various activities such as fishing, bug-catching, decorating their homes, and socializing with the villagers. All in all, this is a beloved and sweet game appropriate for all ages. However, in “The Cult That Inspired Animal Crossing”, artificial intelligence creates a backstory of how Animal Crossing sprung from a terrifying doomsday cult in Japan in the 1960s.
I Asked an AI to Show Me Hell (And It Terrified Me)
YouTuber Qxir prompted image generating artificial intelligence to create several different hell scapes. Photographs of hell, demons in hell, computer hell, and claymation hell are just a few examples of his creative prompting. What generated is genuinely terrifying. Qxir was quick to point out an observation this particular AI seemed to be attached to. Qxir said, “If there’s one thing AI seems to think about hell, it’s that there are a lot of people there”.
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984. Known for their unique fusion of heavy metal and alternative rock, the band was one of the pioneers of the grunge movement and achieved significant commercial success in the 1990s. They probably didn’t realize that over two decades later, their music would be blended with creepy AI imagery. YouTuber Hanrui Huang used generative AI Midjourney to create this compilation video. They prompted images, going line by line to the lyrics of the song, to accompany the music. The result is a haunting music video you likely won’t forget anytime soon.
YouTube channel AI Lost Media has created an extensive catalog of AI generated videos on their channel. In the description for their “Burger Blast Ad 1995” video, they’ve written, “Recently declassified television ad from the Department of Lost Media for “Burger Blast”, filed along with the VHS for “Pizza Nuggets”, the 2 seem to share a link…”. It would appear this YouTuber is building an entire world of disconcerting lore with interconnected videos. Along with a catchy, burger-themed jingle, this fake ad will leave you with a craving for red meat and a fear of mascots.
StyleGAN2 – Mapping Music to Facial Expressions in Real Time
This video definitely sits firmly in “uncanny valley” territory. This project by Mario Klingemann is very unique. It integrates music by Kraftamt and generated images of facial expressions. In “StyleGAN2 – mapping music to facial expressions in real time”, we are able to see the generated overlays of multiple human expressions all compiled into one face. It’s scary, hilarious, and almost heartwarming to see so many wide, grinning faces.
Stills from a Fake Cronenberg Film, Galaxy of Flesh
David Cronenberg is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his provocative and controversial films that explore the relationship between the human body, technology, and psychology, often blurring the line between reality and hallucination. Los Angeles director, Keith Schofield, posted stills from a completely fake 1985 David Cronenberg body horror film, Galaxy of Flesh. These stills are very Cronenberg, and it seems the AI was faithful to the seasoned directors uncomfortable style.
YouTube creator, Alex Howard, uses AI to create “A fever dream sitcom where Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a great day eating spaghetti together.” In true hard to understand AI fashion, the spaghetti has a mind of its own, Trump clones himself, and by the end, both Biden and Trump turn into spaghetti. This is a fun alternate universe where the only real issues are: do you or do you not support parmesan on spaghetti?
“Mr. Puzzles Wants You to be Less Alive” is a short AI generated horror story created by Keaton Patti, who forced bots to watch over 400,000 hours of horror movies. The story follows a man who receives a mysterious package from a company called Mr. Puzzles, which contains a jigsaw puzzle with a disturbing message. As the man attempts to solve the puzzle, he begins to experience strange and terrifying hallucinations, which lead him to question his own sanity and the true intentions of Mr. Puzzles. The story is a chilling exploration of the themes of obsession, identity, and the dangers of pursuing knowledge and enlightenment at any cost.