In this series, I present photos from different "disasters" that, thankfully, have never occurred, or at least not in the way that is portrayed here. These images were generated using DALL-E 2, which is an artificial intelligence program that can create original, realistic images and art from a text description.
To generate these photos, I employed a number of fairly straight-forward text expressions such as "car crash, train wreck, flood, boat wreck, tree fall, tornado, earthquake, drought, explosion, house fire, bridge collapse, lost child, and police shooting". While some of these AI-generated photos are more realistic than others, taken collectively, this is a pretty frightening view of an imagined reality.
Is AI technology likely to change what it means to be be a photographer? And, I also wonder about the consequences of unfettered use of this new technology---will we be able to distinguish reality from an AI-generated version of the truth?