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      Nature bans AI-generated art from its 153-year-old science journal / ArsTechnica · Monday, 12 June - 20:13

    This artist-impression of an asteroid hurtling toward earth is not AI-generated, and thus not banned from Nature.

    Enlarge / This artist's impression of an asteroid fireball hurtling toward earth is not AI-generated and, thus, not banned from Nature. (credit: Romolo Tavani / Getty Images)

    On Wednesday, renowned scientific journal Nature announced in an editorial that it will not publish images or video created using generative AI tools. The ban comes amid the publication's concerns over research integrity, consent, privacy, and intellectual property protection as generative AI tools increasingly permeate the world of science and art.

    Founded in November 1869, Nature publishes peer-reviewed research from various academic disciplines, mainly in science and technology. It is one of the world's most cited and most influential scientific journals.

    Nature says its recent decision on AI artwork followed months of intense discussions and consultations prompted by the rising popularity and advancing capabilities of generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney .

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      Redditor creates working anime QR codes using Stable Diffusion / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 6 June - 19:35 · 1 minute

    An AI-generated image of an anime-style woman that also functions as a working QR code.

    Enlarge / An AI-generated image of an anime-style woman that also functions as a working QR code. If you have trouble reading it, try positioning your camera farther away from the image. (credit: nhciao / Stable Diffusion )

    On Tuesday, a Reddit user named "nhciao" posted a series of artistic QR codes created using the Stable Diffusion AI image-synthesis model that can still be read as functional QR codes by smartphone camera apps. The functional pieces reflect artistic styles in anime and Asian art.

    QR codes, short for Quick Response codes , are two-dimensional barcodes initially designed for the automotive industry in Japan. These codes have since found wide-ranging applications in various fields including advertising, product tracking, and digital payments, thanks to their ability to store a substantial amount of data. When scanned using a smartphone or a dedicated QR code scanner, the encoded information (which can be text, a website URL, or other data) is quickly accessed and displayed.

    In this case, despite the presence of intricate AI-generated designs and patterns in the images created by nhciao, we've found that smartphone camera apps on both iPhone and Android are still able to read these as functional QR codes. If you have trouble reading them, try backing your camera farther away from the images.

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      Fake Pentagon “explosion” photo sows confusion on Twitter / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 23 May - 21:01 · 1 minute

    A fake AI-generated image of an

    Enlarge / A fake AI-generated image of an "explosion" near the Pentagon that went viral on Twitter. (credit: Twitter)

    On Monday, a tweeted AI-generated image suggesting a large explosion at the Pentagon led to brief confusion, which included a reported small drop in the stock market. It originated from a verified Twitter account named "Bloomberg Feed," unaffiliated with the well-known Bloomberg media company, and was quickly exposed as a hoax. However, before it was debunked, large accounts such as Russia Today had already spread the misinformation, The Washington Post reported .

    The fake image depicted a large plume of black smoke alongside a building vaguely reminiscent of the Pentagon with the tweet "Large Explosion near The Pentagon Complex in Washington D.C. — Inital Report." Upon closer inspection, local authorities confirmed that the image was not an accurate representation of the Pentagon. Also, with blurry fence bars and building columns, it looks like a fairly sloppy AI-generated image created by a model like Stable Diffusion .

    Before Twitter suspended the false Bloomberg account, it had tweeted 224,000 times and reached fewer than 1,000 followers, according to the Post, but it's unclear who ran it or the motives behind sharing the false image. In addition to Bloomberg Feed, other accounts that shared the false report include “Walter Bloomberg” and “Breaking Market News," both unaffiliated with the real Bloomberg organization.

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      Easy Diffusion – L’IA au service des impatients / Korben · Tuesday, 25 April - 07:00 · 1 minute

    Vous êtes fasciné par la puissance de l’Intelligence Artificielle et vous aimeriez générer des images créatives sans payer un abonnement à Midjourney ou sans investir trop de cerveau dans la technique ?

    Avec Easy Diffusion , c’est possible !

    Ainsi, que vous soyez novice ou expert IA auto-proclamé, Easy Diffusion vous aidera à satisfaire tous vos besoins en matière de création d’images. Pas besoin de se prendre la tête pour l’installation, tout est géré en un clic ou accessible directement via ce site web .

    Easy Diffusion - Logo de l'entreprise utilisatrice de l'IA

    Vous bénéficierez sous Windows, macOS ou Linux , d’une interface graphique claire et agréable ainsi que d’une file d’attente de tâches ce qui vous permettra de pondre toutes vos idées à la chaine sans avoir à attendre la fin de la tâche en cours. Et ça c’est pratique pour les impatients comme moi.

    Avec Easy Diffusion, vous aurez accès à une variété de fonctionnalités avancées, notamment la détection intelligente de modèles, la prévisualisation en direct, l’inpainting, le dessin d’images servant de base, la correction faciale (GFPGAN), la mise à l’échelle (RealESRGAN), la génération d’images similaires, etc.

    Easy Diffusion - Capture d'écran d'une interface de l'IA

    Vous pourrez également personnaliser l’apparence de l’interface utilisateur et choisir parmi une liste de plugins développés par la communauté et même écrire le vôtre si vous êtes chaud.

    Vous faudra-t-il un gros GPU ? Noooon, puisque Easy Diffusion tourne également sur CPU. Et si vous avez des galères, y’a même un serveur Discord pour trouver un peu d’aide.

    Évidement, les auteurs de ce projet ne sont pas responsables du contenu généré à l’aide de cette interface puisque vous pouvez tout faire sans censure. Gloups.

    À vous d’essayer, ça se passe par ici .

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      Stability AI launches StableLM, an open source ChatGPT alternative / ArsTechnica · Monday, 24 April - 19:20

    An AI-generated image of a

    Enlarge / An AI-generated image of a "Stochastic Parrot" created by Stability AI. (credit: Benj Edwards / Stability AI / Stable Diffusion XL)

    On Wednesday, Stability AI released a new family of open source AI language models called StableLM. Stability hopes to repeat the catalyzing effects of its Stable Diffusion open source image synthesis model, launched in 2022. With refinement, StableLM could be used to build an open source alternative to ChatGPT .

    StableLM is currently available in alpha form on GitHub in 3 billion and 7 billion parameter model sizes, with 15 billion and 65 billion parameter models to follow, according to Stability. The company is releasing the models under the Creative Commons BY-SA-4.0 license, which requires that adaptations must credit the original creator and share the same license.

    Stability AI Ltd. is a London-based firm that has positioned itself as an open source rival to OpenAI, which, despite its "open" name, rarely releases open source models and keeps its neural network weights—the mass of numbers that defines the core functionality of an AI model—proprietary.

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      Artists astound with AI-generated film stills from a parallel universe / ArsTechnica · Friday, 7 April - 22:49

    An AI-generated image from an <a class=#aicinema still series called" src="" />

    Enlarge / An AI-generated image from an #aicinema still series called "Vinyl Vengeance" by Julie Wieland, created using Midjourney. (credit: Julie Wieland / Midjourney )

    Since last year, a group of artists have been using an AI image generator called Midjourney to create still photos of films that don't exist. They call the trend "AI cinema." We spoke to one of its practitioners, Julie Wieland, and asked her about her technique, which she calls "synthography," for synthetic photography.

    The origins of “AI cinema” as a still image art form

    Last year, image synthesis models like DALL-E 2 , Stable Diffusion , and Midjourney began allowing anyone with a text description (called a "prompt") to generate a still image in many different styles. The technique has been controversial among some artists, but other artists have embraced the new tools and run with them.

    While anyone with a prompt can make an AI-generated image, it soon became clear that some people possessed a special talent for finessing these new AI tools to produce better content. As with painting or photography, the human creative spark is still necessary to produce notable results consistently.

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      Stable Diffusion copyright lawsuits could be a legal earthquake for AI / ArsTechnica · Monday, 3 April - 11:45

    Image generated by Stable Diffusion with the prompt “Mickey Mouse in front of a McDonalds sign.”

    Image generated by Stable Diffusion with the prompt “Mickey Mouse in front of a McDonalds sign.” (credit: Timothy B. Lee / Stable Diffusion)

    The AI software Stable Diffusion has a remarkable ability to turn text into images. When I asked the software to draw “Mickey Mouse in front of a McDonald's sign,” for example, it generated the picture you see above.

    Stable Diffusion can do this because it was trained on hundreds of millions of example images harvested from across the web. Some of these images were in the public domain or had been published under permissive licenses such as Creative Commons. Many others were not—and the world’s artists and photographers aren’t happy about it.

    In January, three visual artists filed a class-action copyright lawsuit against Stability AI, the startup that created Stable Diffusion. In February, the image-licensing giant Getty filed a lawsuit of its own.

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      Yes, Virginia, there is AI joy in seeing fake Will Smith ravenously eat spaghetti / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 30 March, 2023 - 21:02

    Stills from an AI-generated video of Will Smith eating spaghetti.

    Enlarge / Stills from an AI-generated video of Will Smith eating spaghetti that has been heating up the Internet. (credit: chaindrop / Reddit )

    Amid this past week's controversies in AI over regulation , fears of world-ending doom , and job disruption , the clouds have briefly parted. For a brief and shining moment, we can enjoy an absolutely ridiculous AI-generated video of Will Smith eating spaghetti that is now lighting up our lives with its terrible glory.

    On Monday, a Reddit user named "chaindrop" shared the AI-generated video on the r/StableDiffusion subreddit. It quickly spread to other forms of social media and inspired mixed ruminations in the press. For example, Vice said the video will "haunt you for the rest of your life," while the AV Club called it the "natural end point for AI development."

    We're somewhere in between. The 20-second silent video consists of 10 independently generated two-second segments stitched together. Each one shows different angles of a simulated Will Smith (at one point, even two Will Smiths) ravenously gobbling up spaghetti. It's entirely computer-generated, thanks to AI.

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      Ethical AI art generation? Adobe Firefly may be the answer / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 22 March, 2023 - 17:27 · 1 minute

    Adobe Firefly AI image generator example.

    Enlarge / An Adobe Firefly AI image generator example. (credit: Adobe)

    On Tuesday, Adobe unveiled Firefly, its new AI image synthesis generator. Unlike other AI art models such as Stable Diffusion and DALL-E , Adobe says its Firefly engine, which can generate new images from text descriptions, has been trained solely on legal and ethical sources, making its output clear for use by commercial artists. It will be integrated directly into Creative Cloud, but for now, it is only available as a beta.

    Since the mainstream debut of image synthesis models last year, the field has been fraught with issues around ethics and copyright. For example, the AI art generator called Stable Diffusion gained its ability to generate images from text descriptions after researchers trained an AI model to analyze hundreds of millions of images scraped from the Internet. Many (probably most) of those images were copyrighted and obtained without the consent of their rights holders, which led to lawsuits and protests from artists .

    To avoid those legal and ethical issues, Adobe created an AI art generator trained solely on Adobe Stock images, openly licensed content, and public domain content, ensuring the generated content is safe for commercial use. Adobe goes into more detail in its news release :

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