TikTok launches text-to-image generator in app

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TikTok has launched a new text-to-image generator which you can access directly inside the app. The generator lets you type in a short description which then generates a fairly abstract and colourful AI impression. The effect is called AI Greenscreen and can be accessed via the camera part of the app.

If you haven’t already heard of text-to-image generators recently then I’m not sure where you’ve been hiding. Dall-E2, Google and Midjourney have all made headlines with their AI-generated images, some being more realistic than others. The technology was first introduced in 2021 and has been improving at an alarming rate. The inclusion into an app such as TikTok just further goes to show how this technology is becoming mainstream.

However, you needn’t get too worried about AI stealing your creative jobs…yet. The version on TikTok has a lot of (I imagine intentional) limitations. With millions of users out there the images are very abstract and not at all photorealistic.

Any violent or nude-based prompts become even more ambiguous. Purely for the sake of scientific enquiry, I put in the prompt “nude man on a bench” to see what happened. As you can see in the header image the answer is not a lot! Still, with the other tech blogs inputting naked women into the prompt I thought it was only fair for gender balance.

At the moment it seems as if this addition is purely for a bit of fun. Some trends are seeing people writing their name or birthday into the prompt to see their “aesthetic” for example. But one thing is for sure, this technology is here whether we like it or not, and we will continue to see very rapid leaps in the coming years, no make that months.

[Via The Verge]

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