In the face of the capricious desert climate, attendees of the iconic Burning Man festival are rewarded with an unexpected twist this year – a respite from the sweltering heat and the potential for rain showers. However, the whimsical weather carries with it a new set of challenges, particularly for the myriad of makeshift structures that dot the event landscape. As the National Weather Service predicts moderate rainfall, a unique question surfaces, one that could potentially redefine the Burning Man experience: what would the event look like in a theoretical flood?
Enter Mark Day, a veteran Burning Man enthusiast, who has utilized the power of artificial intelligence to provide a stunning visual answer. Day, who has been chronicling the festival through his popular YouTube series "24 Hours at Burning Man" for the past 17 years, has turned to AI to adapt his video content to the changing times. His most recent work, a speculative and intriguingly viral post on X (previously known as Twitter), has caught the attention of 50,000 viewers since its release on August 18, 2023, offering a surreal glimpse into a flooded Burning Man scenario.