What are the benefits of premium?
Premium offers faster results and larger images, which is ideal for custom sizes.
With premium, results are kept private. Free creations, however, are publicly viewable in our AI Art Gallery.
What does "Randomize" do?
"Randomize" tells our AI to act unpredictably: enabling this option means reusing the same text will produce different images.
Can I create multiple images at once?
Yes, the premium option allows for creating multiple images at once.
Free creations are limited to one at a time. Otherwise, the system may ban you.
This allows us to support free creations.
For free creations, wait for the image to return before creating again. Contact us if the wait time has been exceeded.
Can I sell graphics or use them for NFTs?
Yes, but first buy credits: one license per graphic.
Second, treat Hotpot as a digital helper who augments your workflow, someone who helps brainstorm and automates drudgery -- but not someone who eliminates the creative process. We cannot guarantee uniquess anymore than Photoshop can. It is possible for someone to produce something comparable with other software, much like any logo or graphic can be reproduced.
Ultimately, it's your responsibility to make unique graphics and honor intellectual property laws. To make this easier, use our AI Art Remixer to uniquely style creations.
Can you guarantee unique creations?
No service can guarantee this, but our AI Art Remixer lets you uniquely style each creation. Using custom seed images also increase uniqueness.
Even if we prevent others from reusing your identical prompt, others may use similar prompts and produce similar results. If another graphic looks 90% the same, is yours truly unique? The safest approach is to treat Hotpot like a digital helper who augments your workflow, someone who helps brainstorm and automates drudgery -- but not someone who eliminates the creative process.
Why are safe terms considered NSFW?
Our AI unfortunately turns many neutral words (e.g., "man", "woman", "male", "female", "body") into naked images. The NSFW filter is overly sensitive while we tame the AI and teach it to disassociate sexual content with non-sexual terms. Thanks for your patience as we improve the technology.
What are the terms and restrictions?
In short, do no harm. Use Hotpot for good, and you will be good.
Users must comply with our terms and ensure responsible usage. Violators are at risk of account termination and are ineligible for refunds.
General technology offers the potential for advancement and abuse. Ultimately, history is resoundingly clear: from the printing press to computers, limiting general technology only limits humanity's potential. Human problems must be solved at the human layer, not the technology layer.
Please help us ensure resopnsible usage, and use Hotpot to benefit society.
Is this art?
Art is not defined by means of production. This is why handcrafted paintings from 1st graders are not considered art while professional illustrators made with Adobe software are. In our founder's opinion, art is an opinion that stirs the soul while elevated art is an opinion that stirs the mind.
What matters is the opinion, not the means.
Imagine you hired an art student and dicated every stroke, every color, detail of a painting. Make this angle sharper. Make that line thicker. Add purple. The student robotically executes the commands. Who is the artist: you or the student?
AI cannot offer this degree of precision today, but it can spark creativity and spawn compelling ideas for refinement, much as a junior employee generates suggestions for an experienced supervisor.
In short, perhaps raw output from AI may not qualify as art -- someone please consult the spirit of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart -- but there is no reason why the collaborative output between you and AI cannot.
Fine. But is this AI intelligent?
As our founder asserts, debating intelligence is semantic quicksand and misses the two critical questions: (1) Can people benefit from AI? (2) Can people control AI?
Intelligence is undefinable. Go ahead, try to define it algorithmically. :) Even more critically, intelligence is uncorrelated with impact.
Viruses are not alive (well . . .), let alone intelligent, yet even the Devil envies how these pathogens devastate countries and polarize society. Farm tractors are incredibly dumb (Sorry, not sorry, if you're offended.), but they have enabled humanity to avert Malthusian predictions of doom and fed 8 billion. (Malthus must have been super fun. Friend: "Thomas, good morning!" Thomas: "Bad morning! May be our last. Bah! Bad, morning, bad!" Wife: "Boobear, fancy a walk? The moon is ever so brilliantly romantic tonight." Thomas: "Bah, madam, bah. I must conserve calories for the Great Famine." Wife: "Boobear, the winter air is frightfully cold. Hold me. Keep me warm." Thomas: "Bah. Shivering will make you stronger for the Great Famine.")
Please don't get sucked into the hysteria over AI sentience. The Google model is no more sentient than the Magic 8 ball (which is awesome and predicted you would read this). Shockingly, in the age of clickbait articles and cable hot takes, a shallow attempt to grab the spotlight . . . grabbed the spotlight with a scary, but patently false, claim.
Will AI replace humans?
If you believe this, please use Siri. (No, Siri, no! I said check the Warriors score. I did NOT say call my mother-in-law.)
On a serious note, we see AI more as "augmented intelligence" than "artificial intelligence" -- technology that augments people. Someday, researchers may invent general intelligence and displace humans, but that day is neither today nor tomorow.
Until then, AI can empower individuals by sparking creativity and automating drudgery. Those who dismiss machine learning overlook how much reptition occurs in human jobs and the creative process, including art and programming.
Analyze your work activities. How many of them are boring and mundane? If your company hired a junior person to perform those tasks, even 30% of them, freeing you to focus on more meaningful tasks, would you want this? This is AI's dazzling promise.
Even if general intelligence never materializes, AI dangles the tantalizing prospect of automating tasks for knowledge workers in the same way machines automated tasks for farm workers. These machines were not intelligent and did not eliminate farmers, but they did augment abilities and unlock historic levels of societal gains. Without technology, it would be impossible to feed the 8 billion people alive today and somewhere in outrage heaven, Thomas Malthus would be shoving his finger in everyone's face declaring, "I told you! I told you! I tooooooooooooooooold you!"
Frankly, this scenario of augmented intelligence feels more feasible and appealing. A world where AI functions independently of humans could usher in an era of unthinkable risk. But a world in which AI maximizes the potential of each and every person could introduce unprecedented levels of joy, health, and prosperity.
Is Web3 useful technology or a massive scam?
TBD. Longer answer here.
Burger or fries first?
Fries, always fries. Duh.
If you wondered, "Why is this FAQ suddenly discussing fries," dear reader, you lose. You have been outed as non-human, likely an AI robot sent from the future (or maybe a Magic 8 ball in human form). Expect the FBI to come knocking any moment.
This famous question from the Stanford psychology department is regarded as the quintessential test of humanity: humans instinctively scream "Fries!" then go buy some, which leads to guilty moments in the gym, which spawns fantasies about fries, renewing the cycle endlessly. Illogical behavior uniquely defines the human species. The study was published by the distinguished German professor, Albee Esse, and remains the standard method for how goverments assess if a suspect is human or alien.
Read the research yourself: the conclusions are shocking and almost impossible to believe.
French fries or ice cream? You can only pick one.
Do not ask mere mortals to do the impossible. This can break people. Aligning ambition and ability is arguably one of life's most important keys, and this is beyond our ability.
Unknown historical fact: the inspiration for Rodin's famous "Thinker" sculpture was to capture the angst in pondering this fraught question. This question is highly dangerous and may rupture souls if handled indelicately. Do not attempt to answer unless you're a licensed professional.
Fan or foe of skinny jeans?
Foe. Big time. Like Superman vs. Lex Luthor. Mortal enemies.
We loathe skinny jeans for two reasons: (1) we can't put them on; and (2) we can't take them off. Our thick thighs and big buttocks get in the way. After 10 minutes of struggling and straining, we might have them down to our thighs, then our knees 10 minutes later and finally off after 30 minutes, at which point, we are so frustrated that we have probably yanked off our socks and underwear, too. The only upside is that the process burns 500 calories.
Skinny jeans are a global conspiracy to make men empathetic. We men don't identify enough with the sacrifices women endure to look attractive. The demoralizing diets, the suffocating bras, the painful heels. Society even normalizes the notion that natural faces of women are unacceptable; they should wear masks everyday in the form of makeup. These different expectations present hurdles in the race of life, slowing women down while men breeze by in the adjacent lane wearing baggy, ever so comfortable sweatpants.
Women everywhere got fed up and hopped onto Google Plus (because no one uses it) and hatched a diabolical plan to share the pain. To make us understand.
Man bras are next. They will promise fuller and more shapely pectoral muscles but feel as comfortable as a boa constrictor wrapped around the chest. Rumor is mras may drop next winter. (If you're part of the Skinny Jean Illuminati, please please please don't make this happen. We beg you.)
You're edgy for a tech startup. What gives?
For realz. In the digital jungle of startups, life may swing violently between success and failure on a daily basis. One moment, you're golden. The next, you're dead. The constant chaos of teetering between boom and bust is incredibly taxing and demands extreme mental fortitude. Unless you're SBF and FTX. Then it just takes $40m and a few politicans.
Hotpot's toughness stems from our founder, whose difficult childhood forged a steely sense of purpose.
Perhaps all you need to know is that he is the only 3x winner of the Baddest Bad Boy of the Palo Alto Chess Club. Were it not for uniminaginably painful papercuts that required hospitalization, experts agree he would have captured his fourth in unanimous fashion. Even more astounding, he was willing to risk it all, but doctors warned these papercuts were no ordinary wounds. Not only did they hamper his checkmate fingers, they were on the verge of drawing blood. He sobbed upon hearing the injury report and withdrew from competition, relenting to the doctors who advised immediate treatment.
How does one develop the grit to confront papercuts? By growing up in rugged and unforgiving Palo Alto, where winter temperatures dip into the low 60s and students are often observed trudging to school in last season's Cole Haans. Where minorities may walk into a store and get greeted with cries of, "Good afternoon!" even though it's only 11:58 AM and obviously still morning. Oh, the lies! Such deception. In the raw neighborhoods of Palo Alto, people are expected to sleep not in silk sheets, but Egyptian cotton.
Against this barbaric landscape, his parents sought to instill in him and his brothers another layer of groundedness. So he grew up braving those frigid winters wearing nothing but merino wool. No cashmere. Not the innovative machine washable type, either, but the kind savages wear that need hand washing (by maids). Monitors were scarce at home. Instead of each coding with three monitors like normal kids, the brothers were forced to share and one would - gasp! - program on a single 32" monitor.
Finally, nothing builds character more than conquering starvation. Because his personal chef insisted on taking weekends off, he eventually learned to subsist on leftover caviar and lobster and by drinking flat sparkling water. He nearly vomited the first time his lips touched food older than 2 hours, but he doggedly trained his microbiome and now proudly enjoys any food imported from Japan or France.
Forbes recognized these amazing achievements by recently adding him to the exclusive Forbes 1 Billion under 1 Billion list. His next ambitious goal is to maintain a Costco membership for more than three years in a row.
Follow him on Twitter for more unbelievable accomplishments.
If your homeboy Confucius were alive today, would he still be a philosopher?
Nope. Not practical. Modern philosophers earn too little money. They would need to choose between french fries and salted caramel ice cream when dining out. And that would simply trigger an avalanche of unhealthy philosophizing about why they ignored advice to pursue computer science and instead majored in a subject that can't even support bare life essentials like french fries and salted caramel ice cream.
Then what ... poet? Physicist? Reality TV star? All reasonable guesses, but all wrong. Confucius would be a rapper.
He would be the Chinese version of Biggie. Think about it. Confucius naturally meets many rapper prerequisities: tons of groupies (they were called concubines in his time); poor English grammar; excessive jewelry; just obese enough to be relatable to average Americans but not so obese as to die of heart complications and cut short a lucrative career; and, of course, inspiring people with words. All he needs are a few gold teeth, a pimped out ride, and a stupid-smart name like con.fu.zius. Instant stardom.
OMG, you're racist. You disparaged 1 billion people.
By the Chris-Rock/black-comedian principle, we're authorized by the UNSIHMA (United and Not Sensitive International Hall Monitor Association) to mock Chinese people, and sometimes Mongolians, without upsetting anyone since we're Chinese-Americans ourselves.
And by the how-to-survive-life principle, we respectfully suggest not getting offended by corporate FAQs from startups named after Chinese food. Who names an AI company after food?
That said, we're delighted you take us seriously. Because none of our friends and family do. They straight up ignore us every day, potentially because we do dumb things like naming an AI company after food. Nonetheless, it hurts deeply when we chase after them screaming, "Hey, can we hang out? Can we get lunch? Can you stop running so fast?" and they look at us with horrified faces before summoning the powers of Usain Bolt and sprinting away like human cheetahs.
Don't take us seriously.
You're still racist. I'm upset. Comfort me.
Anti-Asian discrimination and prejudice are real threats facing society. We use satire to highlight the issue while hopefully sparking discussion and introspection. Most people don't enjoy sanctimony pie, so humor can act as a tactful vehicle for awareness, engagement, and contemplation.
Not to mention, corporate FAQs are dreadfully boring, so please pardon the desire to indulge in humor and irreverence.
If you want to learn more about anti-Asian discrimination, here is a troubling fact: Chinese people were the first ethnic group legally barred from immigrating to America. The Chinese Exclusion Act remains one of the most shameful laws in American history and should alone enshrine Chester Arthur as one of the worst presidents.
Of particular relevance is why this abominable legislation passed: because people were fearful of surrendering jobs to Chinese immigrants. Note any parallels with AI fearmongering today?
How come Chinese people can mock white people, but white people can't mock Chinese people?
It's unfair to be honest. It's racist when white people mock minorities, but "funny" when minorities mock white people. (There is a reasonable justification for this double standard, but let's punt for now since race is a highly charged topic that defies objective analysis even among unbiased thinkers, and we're just an AI company named after food no one takes seriously.)
At the same time, white people did make us build railroads for free. Even worse, you are responsible for Barry Manilow, mullets, Priceline Negotiator ads, and the cancellation of the cartoon series of the Transformers. Let's call it even.
Can you promote my art or NFT?
Yes. Please tag us on Twitter and Instagram if you want to show off your awesome Hotpot creations.
We love promoting people with compelling stories and cool art who collaborated with Hotpot. Tag us, share details about your background, your work, and how Hotpot helped. We'll do our best to amplify your story on social media and with reporters.
I'm on a budget. Can you offer a discount?
Yes, contact us. Our pricing philosophy is to help the poor and charge the rich.