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Are Craiyon Images Puddinged, ala Philip K. Dick?

Everyone has been having fun with the artificial intelligence / neural net site Craiyon.com (formerly Dall-e mini). Bruce Sterling points out the following.

I'm reminded of what Phil Dick said about the duplicates made by Biltong lifeforms; sometimes the duplicates didn't work and seemed degraded.

He said they were "puddinged". Did you ever wait a long time for a Craiyon image...

Philip K Dick fans will certainly remember this - the puddinged watch from his 1956 short story Pay for the Printer.

The face of the watch looked all right - but the hands weren't moving. "It doesn't run," Charlotte explained. She grabbed it and opened it. "See?" She held it up in front of his fact, her crimson lips tight with displeasure. "I stood in line for half an hour for this, and it's just a blob!"

The works of the tiny Swiss watch were a fused, unformed mass of shiny steel. No separate wheels or jewels or springs, just a glitter of pudding.

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