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Cuteness

I attempted to create cute art with Artbreeder. I was inspired by my previous studies. In undergrad, I minored in English with a focus on fairy tales. I was surprised to learn about how dark the original stories were. Originally, the audience consisted of both adults and children. The stories were passed down through generations in order to teach morals and also demonstrate the structures of family and society as a whole. Throughout time they have become happier and more playful.

I wanted to generate art based on the titles of common fairy tales. They consisted of Puss in Boots, the Tortoise and the Hare, and Three Little Pigs. For each image, I mixed the keywords from the titles. For example, Puss in Boots is a tabby cat and cowboy boots. The Tortoise and the Hare is a mixture of the two animals. Three little pigs consisted of three pigs and a piggy bank, an object that I added to provide more structure.

I would weigh the animals nearly equally except for Puss in Boots. I needed to weigh the cat more. I had a low chaos level of 0.4-0.6. Any higher and the image would be more disturbing.

The only image that I found to be cute was the Tortoise and the Hare, which appears harmless. I learned that mixing animals with inanimate objects produces disturbing effects. While a pig is cute, multiplying them into one image is somewhat horrific. The cat and pig possess a level of uncertainty. Additionally, the face of the pig appeared somewhat human looking. I accidentally entered uncanny valley.

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