The Brief: The website Imgflip has an AI meme generator that creates image macro memes with a variety of popular formats.
The generator creates image macro memes with popular formats including distracted boyfriend, expanding brain, Drake yes/no, “change my mind,” wrong turn, woman yelling at cat, surprised Pikachu, is this a pigeon, Uno draw 25, fancy Winnie The Pooh, handshake, ight imma head out, Eric Andre shooting, and concerned Tom. Users can choose keywords to be in memes or just view randomly selected ones.
In a Medium post, Imgflip founder Dylan Wenlau explains that the generator uses 48 of the site’s most popular formats with data from 100M public meme captions by users of Imgflip’s Meme Generator. Imgflip told The Verge that there’s “no profanity filtering was done on the training data,” which explains the inclusion of explicit language.
Some of the words and phrases the AI meme generator creates seem to reflect the language and memes popular on the Dank Memes subreddit and other online communities where casual racism, sexism, and homophobia are commonplace. Evidence of this includes frequent appearances of phrases such as “the N-word,” “the boys,” references to not having a girlfriend, “Fortnite,” and “Minecraft.” Mentions of school, parents, and teachers also indicate that the age demographic the data for this generator comes from is mostly teenagers.
People are sharing their favorite computer-generated memes on social media, noting the poignancy and absurdity of these memes.
— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) April 28, 2020
This came out of that AI meme generator. Turn off the lights, the robots have won. pic.twitter.com/4Qg1e6v8WP
— Kendric Tonn (@kendrictonn) April 29, 2020
meme generator kinda knows tho pic.twitter.com/YyK3XtvNsH
— Suzanne 🌑✨ (@tendermiasma) April 30, 2020
ok the AI meme generator has officially gotten weird pic.twitter.com/0vyVLT9Bjc
— semper bufo (@spindlypete) April 30, 2020
AI meme generator capturing the essence of “why don’t you just debate the neo-nazis” pic.twitter.com/Ls7cNf4irJ
— Katie (@ZiziFothSi) April 29, 2020
the ai meme generator is good pic.twitter.com/6sJijGFrzu
— Chilled weekend to all of you (@peeweehuman) April 30, 2020
the ai meme generator has passed the turing test and nothing else will be as funny for the rest of time. goodbye everyone pic.twitter.com/jjKWOgonsz
— 🐬 lottie (@sellottie) April 29, 2020
I, too, have been having a go on the ai meme generator and I have been laughing for 20 minutes at this pic.twitter.com/mEOBvwtsfF
— Another Angry Woman (@stavvers) April 29, 2020