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Stable Diffusion

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Updated Jan 04, 2024 at 06:28PM EST by Zach.

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Stable Diffusion is a neural network AI that, in addition to generating images based on a textual prompt, can also create images based on existing images. In September 2022, the network achieved virality online as it was used to generate images based on well-known memes, such as Pepe the Frog.


On August 10th, 2022, Stability AI[1] made a limited release for Stable Diffusion,[2] a text-to-image model able to generate pictures based on a provided textual or visual (image) prompt. On August 22nd, Stability AI[3] made a full public release of the model, allowing both commercial and non-commercial usage and expressing hope that the model would be used in an "ethical, moral and legal manner" (demonstration video shown below).


In addition to generating images from a text prompt, a feature also available in previously released DALL-E 2 and Midjourney models, Stable Diffusion is also able to generate pictures from a visual prompt (another image). The user must provide a textual prompt to direct the AI, and the degree to which the new image should look like the original can be tuned (original Pepe the Frog image shown below, left; images generated by Stable Diffusion based on it shown below, right).

Use in Memes

Following the release of the model, it gained virality on 4chan's /g/ technology board where multiple daily threads exploring its capabilities were created starting in late August 2022.[4][5][6]

Beginning as early as September 8th, 2022, users on 4chan[7] started using the image prompt feature to create images based on iconic memes such as Pepe the Frog, Daily Dose, Girls Laughing and many others. For example, on September 8th, two 4chan[8][9] users posted Daily Dose images generated by the AI in a /g/ thread (shown below, left and center). On September 11th, a user posted a Booba meme generated by the AI (shown below, right).


These and other meme recreations posted on /g/ and other 4chan boards saw viral spread online in the following days. For example, on September 15th, Facebook[10] page Burds ARE Real reposted three memes generated by Stable Diffusion, with the post gaining over 390 reactions and 70 shares.

Challenge To ID Verification

On January 3rd, 2024, Redditor /u/Harsh uploaded a post titled "Verification Post!" to the /r/StableDiffusion subreddit with a series of pictures, the first showing a woman holding up a handwritten piece of paper with her username and name (in this case, given as "Your Mom") in the kind of photo verification usually employed by people on Reddit confirming their real-life identity.[11] The post received over 1,500 upvotes and 150 comments in the course of one day (seen below, left).

The post was taken down by either the community or the moderators, reportedly for violating the rules of the subreddit. Discussion in the comments suggested that a reference to Hitler in photos later on in the series may have been the reason (seen below, right).

r / stable diffusion u/ Your Mom Okaysolikethisnow - 21 hr. ago f------ best shitpost ive seen Reply Share 824 ScionoicS 20 hr. ago Literally hitler though. I don't get it Reply Share 97 _harsh_ OP 19 hr. ago Nothing logical. Was thinking of a popular landmark initially. This one seemed better. Reply Share 206 ScionoicS 19 hr. ago Hitler seemed better. Oh. 15 Reply Share

After the first post's removal, /u/Harsh made a similar post the next day, again featuring the same woman but this time an image of a United States Passport ID card (seen below). The new post received over 460 upvotes and 80 comments in five hours.[12]

A/SD YOUR MOM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PASSPORT CARD * www SAUSA STUD Nationality USA Surname MOM USA *** Given Names YOUR Sex F Se * Passport Card no. * Date of Birth 08 FEB 1997 Place of Birth TEXAS, U.S.A. Issued On 10 JAN 2016 Expires On 08 FEB 2028 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATES

The Reddit post subsequently spread on other platforms as well. On X, posters expressed concern about the implications of AI making credible verification photos. For example, user @venturetwins posted about this on January 4th, 2023 (seen below), earning almost 2,000 likes in just over an hour.[13]

Justine Moore @venturetwins. 1h it's so over r/StableDiffusion u/_harsh 13h Verification post! Workflow Included 977 287 1/4 r/stable diffusion u/ Your Mom 2K ₁334K : 口企

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External References

[1] Stability AI – Stable Diffusion Launch Announcement

[2] GitHub – stable-diffusion

[3] Stability AI – Stable Diffusion Public Release

[4] Desuarchive – /g/ Thread #88467341

[5] Desuarchive – /g/ Thread #88534086

[6] Desuarchive – /g/ Thread #88543488

[7] Desuarchive – /g/ #88505745

[8] Desuarchive – /g/ Thread #88505745

[9] Desuarchive – /g/ Post #88507493

[10] Facebook – Burds ARE Real

[11] Reddit – /r/StableDiffusion

[12] Reddit – /r/StableDiffusion

[13] X – @venturetwins

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