Sri Lankan Personalities Memed ‒ By A Bot

Andre Howson
Andre Howson

Staff Writer

Memes are a thing. They have been around longer than you would have thought, and will be around for longer than you will be comfortable with. Memes have practically taken over the internet, like some sort of virus spread by likes and shares. Judging by the sheer quantity of sites whose sole purpose is to share memes, a lot of time and effort goes into creating them. Even in Sri Lanka.

Source: Classic Art Memes
Source: Classic Art Memes

Some of the good ones resonate with your soul like church bells during mass. Others have all the class of a whoopee cushion under your grandma (it’s a thing).

Memes have tended to be very contextual, culturally specific, and unashamedly human. But three weeks ago, a video company called Super Deluxe created a Facebook Messenger Bot called Dankland that takes your pictures and converts them into memes automatically. Sure, there are many other meme generators online, but this one had a million people try it out within the first 48 hours. It’s scary how accurate and funny the bot can be. Who needs the Turing Test? AI is passing the Memelord Test. All you have to do is message Dankland a picture and it sends you back a meme instantly. The bot appears to be analysing the picture for objects and context before adding appropriate text from a library of memes to the image. It does quite a good job.

Dankland hasn’t quite hit the Sri Lankan Facebook sphere yet, but we’ve taken the liberty of running some images through the bot, to lighten your mid-week blues. Strap in.

The bot thinks our former president is flirty.
The bot thinks our former president is flirty.
But our current president is hitting the bases.
But our current president is hitting the bases.
Some politicians get lucky
Some politicians get lucky
While some turn to music for consolation
While some turn to music for consolation
And others to dreams.
And others to dreams.
The bot thinks some musicians are trying too hard
The bot thinks some musicians are trying too hard
And others not hard enough
And others not hard enough
But even the bot agrees that Sangakkara is a softie
But even the bot agrees that Sangakkara is a softie

If you want to spend a good half of your day making memes of your friends and being a general annoyance, visit the bot here. It can get quite addictive. Also try typing keywords into the chat box to receive memes for every occasion.

Disclaimer: None of these images were created by us or intended to cause offence. If you must blame anyone, blame Skynet. Also, we apologise to the friends of those people who get inspired by this piece. Stay strong.

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