As if artificial intelligence could get any creepier, one artist has been freaking out the web with renderings of notable figures — from President Joe Biden to hitmaker Beyoncé — re-imagined as iconic Halloween characters.
Freelance film editor Duncan Thomsen, 53, used Midjourney, a generative AI program, to supply the spooktacular images — Biden as Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Beyoncé as a witch, former President Donald Trump as a pumpkin and Elon Musk as a scarecrow.
“I really like the Elon Musk one — I like the actual fact he looks like a Hollywood villain,” the Brit told Southwest News Service.
“There is a calmness in his face — he may very well be a crow man that may tackle Batman.”
Other images in his bone-chilling collection include pop legend Madonna as a witch, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family” and U.K. Parliament member Priti Patel as a zombie and a werewolf. He even re-imagined the country’s current PM, Rishi Sunak, as Dracula.
“The Donald Trump pumpkin has caught something about him, especially his orange-ness,” Thomsen said. “I’m astonished at what AI can do.”
This isn’t the primary time an AI-savvy creative has utilized the smart software to re-imagine notable figures.
Earlier this 12 months, Biden, former President Barack Obama and Prince William were transformed into real-life Kens, while Kate Middleton became a vision of Barbie.
Meanwhile, American presidents were rendered with impressive mullets and “The Simpsons” characters were dropped at life in human-like images.
Artificial intelligence has been a source of contention amongst creatives, especially actors who fear their name and likeness may very well be reused in future projects without compensation.
Last week, Meta unveiled AI bots using the celebrity’s likeness — Kendall Jenner spoke to audiences as Billie, while Tom Brady’s bot took on the persona of Bru — which was slammed as “creepy.”
While AI has upended the medical field with revolutionary advancements to cure disease and treat patients, chatbots have been scrutinized for his or her alarming responses and cheating on exams at school.
The emergence of the smart technology has left the rank and file in lots of industries frightened, as employees fret over the potential to lose their jobs to AI.