Even controversial leaders like Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin were once innocent babies – and artificial intelligence has created images of them before becoming war-mongering dictators.
The young rulers were created by Midjourney, an AI-powered imaging software that churns out photos based on simple text prompts.
The results shows each baby image sporting a suit and donning the tyrants’ iconic hairstyles.
These images follow one of baby Elon Musk that made waves on the internet this month, showing the billionaire as a toddler with a white button-up shirt, brown overalls and signature haircut.
Baby Kim Jong Un is shown wearing a suit and includes his iconic hairstyle
AI-generated images have taken over the internet in recent months, some sparking joy and others causing terror.
In March, a photo of Pope Francis donning a huge white puffer jacket immediately fooled the internet.
The image was outrageous enough to prompt Chrissy Teigen, 37, to address her 12.9 million Twitter followers.
The model and TV personality wrote: ‘I thought the pope’s puffer jacket was real and didn’t give it a second thought. No way am I surviving the future of technology.’
And in the same month, a gallery of snaps showing shocking scenes of Donald Trump being tackled to the ground by police officers.
This was around the same time the former president was due to be indicted over allegations he paid hush money to a porn star. However, the public knew something was off with the images.
While these were for entertainment, other AI-generated images, like one claiming an explosion occurred at the Pentagon last month, showed how the tech can have real world impact. That fake image sent stock markets crashing.
Baby Vladimir Putin has the same mouth as the real-life dictator
Baby Bashar al-Assad features the same ears and blue eyes as the Syrian politicians
Midjourney, created by scientists in Silicon Valley, was made available last summer, allowing a host of people to get the AI to generate an image for any of their prompts.
DailyMail.com asked Midjourney to create what world leaders would look like as babies after seeing a viral post on Instagram showing these same men reimagined by AI.
Kim, Putin and Bashar al-Assad, who served as the 19th president of Syria since 2000, have been accused of human rights violations.
According to the US Department of State, Kim has tortured and unlawfully killed his people, used political prison camps, restricted religion and censored media and the internet.
‘Defectors and media also reported cases of infanticide and forced abortion, particularly involving mothers who were political prisoners, persons with disabilities, victims of rape by government officials or prison guards, or escapees forcibly repatriated from the People’s Republic of China (PRC),’ reads the report.
Putin is currently in the midst of a war of aggression against Ukraine after invading the sovereign country in February 2022.
China’s Xi Jinping was also reimagined as a baby by Midjourney
In March, the International Criminal Court said it had issued a warrant for the Russian president, accusing him of personal responsibility for the abductions of children in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s human rights chief, Dmytro Lubinets, has said that based on data from the country’s National Information Bureau, 16,226 children were deported.
And Assad launched a sarin gas attack on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus in 2019, which killed at least 300 people.
Many of the victims were children who died in agony, gagging and suffocating as the gas caused muscle spasms that made breathing impossible.
China’s Xi Jinping was also reimagined as a baby by Midjourney.
He is a politician who has served as the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2012.
In 2018, Xi engineered a constitutional reform that eliminated the previous two-term limit on the Presidency, allowing him to stay in power without needing an election.
‘People in China cannot practice the religion or belief of their choice. They cannot express their opinions openly or form or join groups of their choosing without fear of harassment, arrest, or retribution. Members of minority groups are subject to arbitrary mass detention, Orwellian-style surveillance, political indoctrination, torture, forced abortions and sterilization, and state-sponsored forced labor,’ according to the US Department of State.
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