Amazon AI, My Handy Design, Malfunctions With Hilarious Results

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well
Once seen as the dreams of science fiction, artificial intelligence is now integrating its way into our daily lives more and more. With some of the largest companies experimenting with the capabilities of AI (see how Facebook’s AI created its own language), its amazing to see what this technology can do. Recently, an AI on Amazon named My Handy Design was created to take frequently searched for images and turn them into iPhone 6 cases. The iPhone cases would then be available for sale.
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OK. You must be asking yourself what is so interesting about an AI that creates phone covers. Well… My Handy Design’s algorithm somehow went a bit awry. In a case of accidental genius, the bot’s AI malfunctioned and filled the Amazon store with over 31,000 hilarious images you would never expect to see on iPhone covers.
 It didnt take long for My Handy Design to create iPhone 6 covers with images of cocaine, adult diapers worn by old men, images portraying vaginal discomfort, sex toys (lots of sex toys. A ridiculous amount of sex toys), old women using inhalers, herring rolls and many many more. The sheer breadth of images is staggering and bewildering. It really begs the question, if My Handy Design created phone cases based on frequently searched for images, what does it say about us (as cumulative internet users) and what we are searching for?
On the Amazon seller’s page, one of the products had the following description:
“You would like your cellphone to have a very special personal look? Then this is the right place for you. Design the look of your cell phone cover to your very personal taste. You’ve got the choice: We offer you a vast variety of images you can add your own personal message to, or you may use your own photos to design your unique cover.If you need help to design your cover, contact us via Amazon and we will help you without any charge. It’s so easy! You choose your type of smartphone, create your design and we supply you with a fancy outfit.”
We really should mention that the makers behind My Handy Design did not sponsor this post. As we write about AI a lot on here, we thought it may be of interest. Before you scroll down too far, some of the images are NSFW.
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Ewan Hollander

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