There's been much discussion lately about using AI's to create art, both visual and written. Midjourney and ChatGPT are two names casual followers might recognize, but there are hundreds of others.
I thought I'd sit down and see what ChatGPT can do.
I asked it to produce a post about the challenges of writing hopepunk science fiction. Here's what it came up with:
Hopepunk science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that centers around hope, and the idea that even in the darkest of times, there is still a chance for a better future. It is a genre that has been gaining popularity in recent years, as it offers a refreshing perspective in a world that can often seem bleak and hopeless.
However, writing hopepunk science fiction comes with its own set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is balancing the grim reality of the world with the hope for a better future. It can be difficult to create a believable and compelling story that doesn't come across as too optimistic or unrealistic.
Another challenge is making sure the characters and their actions align with the hopepunk ethos. In hopepunk science fiction, the characters should be proactive and take action to create a better future, rather than just being passive victims of their circumstances. This can be difficult to accomplish without making the characters seem perfect or unrealistic.
Creating believable and relatable characters is also important in hopepunk science fiction. The characters should have flaws and make mistakes, but still strive to make a positive impact on the world. This can be a fine line to walk, as it is easy to make characters seem idealistic or too heroic.
Lastly, world-building is also an important aspect of hopepunk science fiction. The world should be dark and bleak, but there should still be pockets of hope, and the potential for change. This can be difficult to accomplish without making the world seem too perfect or without any real conflict.
In conclusion, writing hopepunk science fiction can be challenging, but it is a genre that offers a unique perspective on the world and the potential for a better future. It is a genre that encourages readers to be proactive and strive for a better world, even in the face of adversity. It is a genre that offers hope, and in a world that can often seem bleak, hope is something we all need.
Now, from where I stand, this comes off as a pretty succinct summary of what hopepunk is. It's a bit heavy on buzzwords, but that's an editorial choice.
What do you think?
And I've also played with the Canva image generation AI. This is what it came up with when I asked it for an anime version of Daniela:
I found this pretty impressive, actually. It's not perfect - there were details I asked for it skipped - but I can certainly get Danni out of this.
I'd love to know what you think about what the AI's did, and where you think this all might be going! Leave your comments and I'll do my best to respond to them all.