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All that fuzz about AI images

Elon Musk kissing Donald Trump? Kanye West on the moon? It takes just a few seconds and a good prompt for your wildest dreams to come true. The hype around AI generated images has been growing in recent years, and for good reason. AI has the ability to generate incredibly realistic images that are almost indistinguishable from those created by humans - if not better. I just recently toyed around with some of the more popular AI services like Photoleap and Midjourney and the results were mind-boggling.

AI can create images in a variety of ways, depending on the type of AI model that is being used and the desired outcome. One way that AI can create images is by using a generative model, which is trained on a large dataset of images and then uses that knowledge to generate new images that are similar to the ones it was trained on. This can be done using a variety of techniques, such as deep learning or evolutionary algorithms. Another way that AI can create images is by using a neural network to process and analyze existing images, and then using that information to generate new images based on the patterns it has learned. This can be used, for example, to generate images that have a specific style or to modify existing images in a specific way.

There are dozens of services inviting users to test their AI during a trial. While Midjourney is hosting a bot on Discord ($10 per month for approx. 200 images), Lighticks Photoleap offers a comfortable iOS app ($99 per year w/o limitations). They all work similar: You describe the image you want the AI to generate via prompt. The more detail, the better but basic prompts like "Man on a horse" already lead to stunning results. After a few seconds the AI usually presents up to 4 variations of your query. You can then either save the image you like best or have the AI create variations of your favorite. This way you are perfecting the result to the best possible image.

It is difficult to say who invented AI-generated images, as the technology has evolved over time and has been developed by many different people and organizations. The field of AI has its roots in the work of many researchers and scientists over the years, including Alan Turing, who is widely considered to be the father of modern computing. In terms of the specific technology that is used to generate images with AI, there have been many notable contributors and advancements. Some key figures in the development of AI-generated images include Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Andrew Ng, who are all pioneers in the field of deep learning. Additionally, many companies and organizations have contributed to the development of AI-generated images, including Google, Facebook, and OpenAI.

One of the reasons for this hype is the sheer potential of AI generated images. In the past, creating high-quality images required a great deal of skill and time from artists. But with AI, anyone can generate stunning images with just a few clicks of a button. In seconds. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for businesses and individuals alike. Another reason for the recent hype are rapid advancements in AI technology. As AI continues to improve, it is becoming increasingly capable of generating even more realistic and sophisticated images. This means that the potential applications of AI generated images are only going to expand in the future. One of the most exciting potential applications of AI generated images is in the field of graphic design. AI can be used to create stunning graphics and visuals that would be difficult or impossible for humans to create on their own. This could be a huge time-saver for graphic designers, allowing them to focus on the creative aspects of their work rather than spending hours on tedious tasks. Another potential application of AI generated images is in the field of virtual reality. With AI, it is possible to create incredibly realistic virtual environments that are indistinguishable from the real world. This could be used to create immersive virtual experiences for gaming, education, and many other fields. As AI technology continues to advance and become more widely used, it is likely that we will see more and more exhibitions and showcases of AI-generated art.

But there has also been some criticism about AI generated images, particularly with regard to the potential for AI to be used to create fake or manipulated images. Some people are concerned that AI-generated images could be used to spread misinformation or deceive people. Additionally, some critics argue that the use of AI to generate images can be a form of "digital blackface," as it allows people to create images of individuals without their consent or control over how they are represented. Additionally, AI-generated images can be used to create deepfake videos, which can be used to spread false information or to impersonate someone else. As such, it is important to be cautious when encountering AI-generated images, and to verify the authenticity of any information that is presented along with them.

Overall, the hype around AI generated images is well-deserved. As AI technology continues to improve, we can expect to see even more impressive and sophisticated images being generated by AI. This will open up a whole new world of possibilities for businesses and individuals alike, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” — Stephen Hawking
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