Google has demonstrated a new artificial intelligence system that can create images based on text input. The Imagen publication model, created by the Brain team at Google Research, provides an “unprecedented degree of image realism and a profound level of language understanding.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen AI models like this. OpenAI’s DALL E (and its successor) did a similar magic, turning text into images. However, Google’s version is trying to create more realistic images. The researchers created a benchmark and asked humans to rate each image from an array of AI systems. Google said they “prefer Imagen over other models in side-by-side comparisons, both in terms of sample quality and image text alignment.”
It’s not publicly available, and there are reasons for that. “Data sets of this nature often reflect social stereotypes, oppressive viewpoints, and degrading, or otherwise harmful, associations with marginalized identity groups,” the researchers wrote. Imagen has inherited “social biases and the limitations of large linguistic models” and has depicted “stereotypes and representations.” The team said the AI encodes social biases, including the tendency to create images of people with lighter skin and place them in certain gender stereotyped roles. The system can be used to create hateful images to intentionally cause abuse.
The team may eventually allow the rest of us to play with the model to generate our own images, but the researchers need to think about the framework first — a challenge in itself.
– Matt Smith
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Uses NVIDIA’s Reflex technology to reduce system latency.
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Good price, fast but lacks lit/stacked sensors.
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