Perhaps the First and Last Generative-AI Image I Publish

A week ago I created, for the first time, an illustration using generative AI—more specifically, Dall-E. It’s the illustration accompanying this post. Yes, it’s of an unhappy robot. In a spaceship. Sitting on a toilet. It’s puerile, but in my defense, I did it on a whim. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dall-E is amazing, but I expect that this is the last time I’ll use such an image. For one thing, I think that no matter how outlandish, such images seem to share a bland, made-by-robots dullness that’s the opposite of creativity. (I’m not offering that as objective reality. Instead, it’s just a function of my notions of creativity.)

And using such images would leave me with the nagging feeling that I’m complicit in ripping off artists.

I had contemplated using such images in blog posts, for shits and giggles, but instead I’ll use my primitive design skills to cobble something together. Or I’ll use a free image, without violating someone’s copyright. (Recently I’ve been doing a Google image search, clicking on “Tools”, then clicking on “Usage Rights” and selecting “Creative Commons licenses”, and including an attribution note at the bottom of the blog post.)

But if I want an illustration for something that matters, I’ll ask my guy Moh Soumeur to do it. Some of you might recall my “copy-and-paste monkey” illustration; Moh did that. He also did the three illustrations on the Adams Contracts home page. His work is original, and looks it. Unlike Dall-E, he’ll make whatever small tweaks I request. And his fees are entirely reasonable. (You can contact Moh at

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

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