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AI artists reimagines what the world’s richest would look like if they were poor

AI artist Gokul Pillai has captured the world’s attention with a thought-provoking series of AI-generated portraits that depict billionaires such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Bernard Arnault, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and Mukesh Ambani as impoverished individuals living in slums. Using the AI program Midjourney, Pillai’s hyperrealistic images show the billionaires dressed in rags, with downtrodden body language, against the backdrop of destitute surroundings.

Since sharing the series on Instagram on April 8, Pillai’s portraits have gained thousands of likes and comments, igniting discussions about wealth inequality and the power dynamics associated with extreme wealth. Viewers have been captivated by the realistic nature of the images, blurring the lines between reality and fiction, and prompting reflection on societal disparities.

Pillai’s series raises important ethical questions about the use of AI in art. In fact, Pillai himself added the caption Slumdog Billionaire under the post, further emphasizing the stark contrast between the billionaires’ imagined poverty and their real-world wealth.

Commenting on these portraits, an Instagram user wrote, “Just amazing they look real…more like Slumdog billionaire.” Another person wrote, “This is gold! But Elon is the only one that still looks rich even when he’s poor lol.”

These comments reflect the impact of Pillai’s artwork in blurring the lines between reality and fiction, as the AI-generated portraits challenge our perception of wealth and poverty. They also highlight the unique portrayal of each billionaire.

Beyond its artistic impact, Pillai’s series serves as a powerful social commentary, challenging our perceptions of wealth and poverty. As AI continues to revolutionize the art world, Pillai’s series is a striking example of how technology can push boundaries and ignite discussions on pressing social issues.

The portraits are as follows:

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