For the white paper on eVTOL I put together I decided to use AI generated art. Finding copyright free images is always difficult and I did not want to use pictures of actual eVTOLs. This was to avoid singling out any particular project in what is a criticism of the whole sector. This led me down a rabbit hole of the astonishing (and slightly spooky) capabilities of AI art. Since I have done this I have started to recognize it being used occasionally in commercial journalism
The images below were all generated for free using Microsoft Bing AI Art generation (https://www.bing.com/images/create?FORM=GENILP) and Gencraft (https://gencraft.com/generate) I tried a lot of free generators and I found these two were the best for what I was doing.
Below are some of the more interesting and wilder examples – starting with the Gencraft set. I will show the text prompt that generated the image above the image. These are in general order of complexity.
Wide shot of silver eVTOL aircraft flying over a city at sunrise
And then those generated using Microsoft Bing
Very spacious manufacturing facility for a small sleek white aircraft “eVTOL aircraft”. Workers wearing neat black overalls. Big windows and a sunny day
eVTOL with very complex wires and systems being worked on by maintenance technicians, standing on a lake, surrounded by people. Photoreal, sunny day.
And finally a couple of fun things.
Very spacious manufacturing facility for a complex steam powered “eVTOL aircraft” full of wires and systems. Man in a top hat. Big windows, large open doors and a sunny day. Union Jack flags.
A hall full of the readers of the newsletter from Abbott Aerospace UK Ltd. Bright sunny day, refreshments being served Large aircraft hanging from the ceiling of the hall.