Queen is one of the groups that anyone names when asked: what are the most important bands of the entire 20th century? Freddie Mercury changed the world of music with the greatest voice to ever touch a microphone.
Freddie was not alone in the band, of course. Alongside him were Roger Taylor, drummer; Brian May, guitarist; and John Deacon, bassist. All of these are still alive, even the group Queen is still performing with Roger and Brian as the original members.
Freddie Mercury left, but artificial intelligence is very bold
It has been more than 31 years since Freddie Mercury died at the young age of 45. No one should die so young, especially not when you have the best voice in living memory. He could sing opera, pop, rock and reggae. There was no octave that could resist him.
And in our heads, Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara his birth name) will always be a middle-aged, energetic man with a good shock of black hair. But what would he look like now if he hadn’t passed away in 1991?
Time has allowed us to see Brian May and Roger Taylor grow old. And very gracefully too, giving concerts, being public and accessible people, proudly carrying the pride of being members of one of the greatest bands in history.
Well, we’d better stop imagining what Freddie Mercury would look like now because artificial intelligence has done the job for us. The picture you have above is how OpenAI’s DALL-E tool imagines the singer.
The photo above is how Stable Diffusion, the other great image tool managed by artificial intelligence, imagines it. We would have liked to use Midjourney, but it has been blocked for going too far.
Honestly, they haven’t done good old Freddie Mercury any favors with such images. It’s true that age doesn’t suit anyone, but Freddie looks like he’s been run over.
For those who have been traumatized, there is no reason to take at face value what artificial intelligence imagines, it is only one possibility among many. Freddie could now be full of Botox, have joined a gym, etc.
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