At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in. Continue Reading →

Angry Artists Try To Kill AI

DeviantArt, the "largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts," announced DreamUp, an AI-powered text-to-image generator service powered by Stable Diffusion. The new service has seriously angered some members of the community, so much so that DeviantArt announced that all hosted images will be "automatically labeled as NOT authorized for use in AI datasets." Continue Reading →

In Sci-Fi as in Life

When dealing with evil robots or rogue AI, one of the most common science fiction plot devices is for the human hero to do or think of something that the machine couldn't understand – something only a human would do. It's about as cliché and formulaic as cliché and formulaic gets. Here's a plot twist. Continue Reading →

Election Bots Out in Force

Social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok are all over the news today. Facebook is continuing to implode and is about to lay off a lot of staff. I've been writing about Twitter every day. TikTok, because it is owned by a Chinese company, is under intense scrutiny after admitting that its workers can see the data they collect. Continue Reading →

Don’t Fear AI. Respect it.

Shutterstock (a leading stock image company) has partnered with OpenAI to sell AI-generated artwork. Craig Peters, CEO of Getty Images (another leading stock image company), believes firms racing to sell AI art could step into illegal territory: "I think that’s dangerous. I don’t think it’s responsible. I think it could be illegal." Continue Reading →
Imagine adopting an AI character: one that could think for itself, learn, and, um… obey you. Now, train it and put it in a world with other people's adopted AI characters. What you have is The Simulation: a new virtual world filled with subjugated AI characters. Continue Reading →

Hyper-Fashion Forward

CALA, a company that calls itself the world's first fashion and lifestyle operating system, announced it is using the DALL-E API to empower users to generate new visual design ideas from natural text descriptions or uploaded reference images. Continue Reading →
Addressing the fear that AI could one day replace artists, Adobe's Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky said at Adobe MAX 2022 that AI should only ever be "your co-pilot in creative endeavors." He said Adobe wanted to develop its AI offering thoughtfully, "approaching the idea from a creator-centric perspective. We want it to benefit creatives, not replace them." Continue Reading →

Stable Diffusion Porn

Stable Diffusion Porn
"Porn leads tech" is axiomatic, so it should surprise no one that some of the earliest, most innovative (and most provocative) images being created using the open source AI image generator Stable Diffusion are NSFW. Continue Reading →