AI-generated Images — A Perspective.

You may heard about it. Or not. With the development of AI Artificial Intelligence and ML Machine Learning more and more areas are seeing innovation impact every aspects of business and, at some extent, our lives.

TL;DR;

See my full take on the subject later on the article.

Overview

So what is it?

“We’ve trained a neural network that creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.” taken from OpenAI website (one of many).
How it works? You can insert a descriptive text and let the AI engine serves you back images that represents what the AI engine understand and can reconstruct from your text.

Example:

A high-level intro from the World Economic Forum:

Tools

Dall-E opened up to all the ability to use their services just recently.

Moreover many apps and websites are integrating these technologies into their own experience.

Lately even microsoft will integrate this into Office.

Photoleap mobile app

Distrokid — music distribution platform to generate album covers

AI-generated Art

Concerns and Questions

  1. use of source imagery
  2. ability to create fake images
  3. ability to create disturbing images
  4. ethical AI engine considerations

My views

  1. I expect this technology to spread very quickly and become commodity in the next 1 or 2 years
  2. Commodity graphics creation may not need a designer in some cases when this become widely available, everybody will be able to create professional graphics by entering text and playing with variations of the results
  3. This capability will become a feature or most if not all visual editing apps
  4. A lot of crap images will be generated by lots of people
  5. Some creators will become extremely skilled and start generate impressive images that could not be created before
  6. New for of art will develop from this and a new market
  7. Some legal battle will start around it
  8. AI — as often — will have diversity/inclusion issues
  9. The ease with which we are now able to create images will make us quickly bored and we may stop using it after the first hype moment and only real good creators will make use of them in the long run
  10. Manual graphics (maybe niche) will come back stronger as a response to this — as in many other fields like music and photography — and the two will co-exist.

My project

What else

Audio and video are the first obvious one and will be part of a future blog post.

What’s next

Let’s see and follow carefully how this develops.

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@CDM / Chief Evangelist @deltatre

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