Oh great, now Google has a terrifying AI image generator

Just a few weeks ago, the art world was, to use internet parlance, ‘shooketh’ by the power of OpenAI’s DALL · E 2, which can transform written phrases and sentences into terrifyingly accurate AI-generated images. And now it looks like it has competition, courtesy of a little-known tech company called Google.

Google has just announced its own text-to-image generator, titled ‘Imagen’ (John Lennon would be proud), and it’s perhaps even more impressive than DALL · E 2. One thing’s for sure – AI image generators are here to stay. Because who needs to download Photoshop when Google can create any image you like?

Google calls Image (opens in new tab) “a text-to-image diffusion model with an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding.” As with DALL · E 2, the best way to describe the tool is simply to show you some images – and the text prompts that generated them:

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Much like OpenAI, Google has decided not to release the tech to the public – for now. “The potential risks of misuse raise concerns regarding responsible open-sourcing of code and demos,” Google says. “At this time we have decided not to release code or a public demo. In future work we will explore a framework for responsible externalization that balances the value of external auditing with the risks of unrestricted open access.”

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