Artificial intelligence has revealed what the stereotypical Aussie looks like in the country’s major towns – from hipsters in Melbourne and the glamour girls of the Gold Coast… to people from Adelaide who look as if they’re from a different era.
The AI program Midjourney, which creates ‘realistic’ images from a user’s prompts, was tasked by Daily Mail Australia to create images of men and women who represent their ‘home’ town.
And according to the AI, men from Australia’s major cities are all hipsters while their rural counterparts are more rugged and sun-kissed. The women are less generalised and range from young uni students to older ladies.
Midjourney doesn’t get everything right – the Opera House was pictured distorted and missing sails behind the ‘typical’ Sydney man and only an Indigenous flag was flying at Parliament House in Canberra.
Midjourney saw the ‘stereotypical man from Sydney’ as a curly-haired gent casually sipping a coffee in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a distorted Opera House
Meanwhile, the AI similarly placed Sydney’s stereotypical woman in front of the Harbour Bridge.
Melbourne’s stereotypical man is straight from the hipster textbook, with long flowing hair, two scarves and stylish sunnies in a laneway on a typically cloudy Melbourne day
The AI’s typical woman for Melbourne produced a trendy, more mature woman with vibrant coloured clothing and grey hair with a tinge of pink
According to AI, Brisbane’s typical man can be seen posing on the banks of the Brisbane River while wearing sunglasses, similar to Sydney and Melbourne, and an unbuttoned collared shirt
Brisbane’s typical woman was the first AI image to not be wearing sunglasses, instead presenting a ‘girl next door’ type with a floral silk shirt in what could be a cafe
The typical Canberran male appears as a university-age student. Noticeably, Parliament House only flies the Aboriginal flag
The typical woman in the nation’s capital is apparently business-oriented. The tree-lined area seen in front of Parliament does not exist in real life
The AI found the ‘City of Churches’ not iconic enough to include a house of worship in either image of the city’s stereotypical man and woman – instead bizarrely presenting them as both from a bygone era, seemingly the Gold Rush
Both the man and the woman appear to be from the days of the Gold Rush, appearing in Victorian-style clothing
Darwin was the first AI-generated Aussie male to appear old and rugged, wearing a classic wide-brimmed hat with a dishevelled beard and a tattered shirt
Darwin’s female AI model was also the first to be Indigenous, with wispy white hair and beaded necklaces in the colours or the Aboriginal flag
Perth’s stereotypical man takes the cake as the most hipster in the nation, with a flowing head of hair and beard, and a button-up shirt completely opened to reveal his chest tattoos
Perth’s typical female is an older women dressed in pastel coloured clothing with the ocean behind her, according to AI
Broome was the only Australian city where the AI generated images of Indigenous people for both the stereotypical man and woman, with the male wearing a a denim shirt stained by red dirt and a well-worn hat
Midjourney also produced both the man and woman to appear with traditional-style face paint, even going as far to detail how the it would run over the slight wrinkles in both of their faces
The AI also produced an Indigenous man as stereotypical of Cairns, however he appears to be more of a ‘hippy’, wearing a singlet and letting his beard and hair grow wild
The stereotypical Cairns woman appears to be a lover of fruit, even wearing what looks to be strawberry earrings
Townsville’s stereotypical man looks more rugged than his city-slicker counterparts, with a sun-kissed face and a slight stubble to complement his tough facial expression.
Townsville’s stereotypical woman, much like Adelaide’s, also appears to come from a different era, wearing a shirt with short billowed sleeves and with her red hair tied up
The average man on the Gold Coast departs slightly from the usual stereotype of a young man keen to party, and instead appears as an older gentleman with neck and chest tattoos
The Gold Coast’s stereotypical woman however falls directly into the glam-girl stereotype the city is known for
Geelong’s typical man includes the windswept curly hair from the oceanside town, however he also appears sombre and staring past the image
The typical woman from Geelong is dressed casually while oddly accessorising with four separate bags
Midjourney was able to capture the essence of Newcastle’s history as a hard-nosed town of steelworkers, with the stereotypical man being older and of a tougher disposition
The typical woman however seems to reflect Newcastle’s emerging popularity as a university town, with a younger female in casual clothing and wearing a shoulder bag