On Zombie Potlucks and Church Imagery

My favorite tool for artificially-generated copy (useful for literally anything you have to write, from social media posts to Google ads to long-form articles) is called Jasper. It’s amazing, and if you either struggle with writing or simply need something creative to help you out at times, it’s can really be a terrific tool for your nonprofit, business, personal blog, and so on. You can use this link to get 10K free credits to try it out. No, I didn’t use it to create this post, but I certainly could have.

Recently, Jasper added on a tool that can create AI-generated images. I’ve seen some stunning results, but it struggles at times to get things quite right, as the images below of a church potluck make painfully clear at times. Sometimes, the output is close to awesome. Other times, I get zombies, mutants, and Halloween nightmares. See below for the sometimes hilarious (or unsettling?) results.

Here’s the thing, though: this tool is still in beta mode and just came out days ago. Each output of 4 images took me about 30-60 seconds to create. I am 100% sure that with continued tweaking (and greater familiarity with the how to create better inputs in the tool), these images would get closer to what I want. Literally, I had played around with this particular image creator for a grand total of about 30 minutes when I created (or should i say generated?) these images, so I’m learning what works and what doesn’t. For example, if I want an image of a single person or two, it generally does not give me people with gnarly 4-fingered hands, thankfully.

Tools like Jasper are going to have a profound impact on our lives, and we’re just starting to dream about the possibilities and opportunities artificial intelligence tools create. (Likewise, we’re just starting to becoming aware of the legal, ethical, and moral challenges ahead of us, but that’s a post for another time.) Want an image of a duck in a Green Bay Packer uniform skateboarding for a children’s book you’re writing? You got it, in mere seconds. Need some sketches of a man in an orange shirt riding a tricycle down the sidewalk of main street for your blog? No problem. Maybe it will take a few tries, but before long you’ll get an image that works for you, one you wouldn’t have found in a stock image site, and one no one else will have. Believe me, amazing images can be created with Jasper that are far better than what you see below.

Once you get started, you’ll start thinking of a million uses for tools like this. Entertaining a youth group on a rainy day. Posters for your events. Images for a unique social media post. Illustrations for an annual report from a nonprofit that doesn’t take pictures of its clients. Pictures for your empty walls. Custom-made images for a new T-shirt or coffee mug for your staff. And on and on.

There truly are a ton of these kinds of tools out there, but Jasper is pretty awesome and keeps getting better. You’ll have to get the AI writing tool to also get Jasper Images, but both are definitely fun, useful tools to have available. Go take a look, and let me know if you have any questions or images you’d like me to create for you!

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