The number of Second Life users peaked just as Facebook started to explode. The rise of Facebook wasn’t the problem of a competing brand so much as the problem of a competing model: It seemed that people wanted a curated version of real life more than they wanted another life entirely—that they wanted to become their most flattering profile picture more than they wanted to become a wholly separate avatar
DALL-E, that same sophisticated algorithm with the capability of creating any image when fed a text, has essentially become a meme generator. Absurdity is its use value. Its diminishing value for human labor is met with an increased leisure surplus from which a profit could not be extracted. Laughing about technology is more than just a shared coping mechanism that helps us come to terms with it; it is how we make sense of its absolute, indifferent authority that is unaware of its flawed, ever-trying, ridiculous infrastructures.
DALL·E represents a shift from attempts to reflect objective reality to subjective play. Language is the lens by which we reveal the objective reality known to the neural network being explored. It is a latent(hidden) camera, uncovering snapshots of a vast and complex latent space.