On the weekend of Anime Expo, an artist promised the humanly impossible —- custom art commissions with a five-minute turnaround time. The not-so-hidden catch? The artist wasn’t a human at all, but an AI exposed to millions of anime images. Over the next four days, what started as a simple experiment would go on to become a cult attraction in the artist alley, drawing lines of up to 40 minutes and forcing us into a race against time to scale up our system.
In this post, we’ll be going over how the Waifu Vending Machine was built — from the initial design process, to the behind-the-scenes of booth construction, to the last-minute hacks that saved the day.
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