I also updated the image model to use Stability.ai’s swanky new SDXL model. I’m pretty impressed with the results.
Err, this is cool!
Somehow, ArtBot (my tool to generate art using a cluster of distributed GPUs) has just generated: 1,000,000 images!
I’ve seen people share links to it on Reddit, Twitter, and even a YouTube video demonstrating how to use it.
It’s by far, the most used thing that I’ve ever created for fun. Pretty cool!
Thanks to Reddit, I recently stumbled upon a cool project called Stable Horde. It essentially lets you generate images using a distributed cluster of GPUs donated by community members.
I had been creating my own web interface to remotely interact with a Stable Diffusion instance running on my own machine. I decided to quickly repurpose the web app and connect to the Stable Horde API. The result?
ArtBot, a Stable Diffusion demonstration that allows you to generate images using the power of the Stable Horde. It is awesome!
I think it’s time to end my AI art career on this high note. Generated with Stable Diffusion, running on my local machine.
“beautiful portrait painting of Barack Obama with a purple mohawk on top of his head shredding on an electric guitar at a punk rock show, concept art, makoto shinkai, takashi takeuchi, trending on artstation, 8k, very sharp, extremely detailed, volumetric, beautiful lighting, wet-on-wet”
A few short weeks ago, I had downloaded a simplified model for generating AI-created images on your local machine. The internet (myself included) had a lot of fun with it, but the quality was definitely lacking, especially when compared to the more serious AI image platforms being created by some big companies.
I recently received my invite to the MidJourney beta and I am just blown away!
For now, I’ve just been putting in ridiculous prompts that simulate styles for various artists (oh, man. I have a feeling this is going to piss off a lot of artists in the future…)
For example: “Apocalyptic wasteland with crumbling buildings and debris, thomas kinkade painting”
The potential here is pretty crazy — for people who aren’t artistically inclined, they can start generating images and scenes based on what they come up with. Some people can probably use this as a base to get to rapidly start iterating on new ideas. And of course, others are going to be mad.
For me though, I’m excited about this new technology and it’s something I’ve been eager to play with.
Earlier this year, OpenAI announced DALL-E 2, the latest version of their AI tool that can generate images by simply providing text input.
For example, “people in togas taking a selfie in front of a volcano”, and it will get to work attempting to create an image that includes all these elements.
For now (sadly), the service is invite only.
More recently, an ambitious engineer named Boris Dayma created an open source version of the service called DALL-E mini. While it isn’t able to generate results as impressive as DALL-E 2, it’s still pretty crazy!
It’s recently taken the internet by storm and you can see people post DALLE-mini generated images and memes everywhere. The official website has been under heavy load, so it’s been pretty tough to try out the service.
Fortunately, you can download the model from Github and get the service setup on your local machine (providing you have a graphics card beefy enough to run the models).
Who has two thumbs and a graphics card just begging to be used? Hello.
I was able to get the service setup on my machine and start playing around with it.
In this example, I used a prompt to essentially create a Bob Ross painting generator. “Alpine forest with river running through the middle, snow capped peaks in the background, Bob Ross style painting.”
Pretty neat! The images that services like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney can create are miles better and I’ve applied to both services.
While I anxiously await my acceptance, I’ll have to continue generating various memes on my own machine.
Earlier this evening, I was playing around with OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model for generating “human-like text.”
I gave it the following prompt:
Write a plot about a movie that involves rogue unicorns who want to
conquer Earth and the planet’s only hope is an Australian Cattle dog named Benson who sleeps a lot.
The unicorns, led by their king, Uni, have been planning their conquest of Earth for years. They have been observing the humans and have concluded that they are weak and vulnerable. The unicorns have developed a powerful magic that will allow them to take over the planet.
Benson, an Australian Cattle dog, is the only one who can stop them. Benson is a lazy dog who loves to sleep. He is content to spend his days lounging around and eating food. However, when the unicorns begin their attack, Benson is the only one who can stop them. He rallies the other dogs and leads them in a fight against the unicorns.
The unicorns are powerful, but they are no match for Benson and the other dogs. Benson is able to defeat Uni and the other unicorns, and the Earth is saved.
Summer blockbuster coming soon to a theater near you!
On Friday, we did a family trip to The Color Factory in San Francisco. It’s a really fun interactive exhibit and is especially fun for the tiny humans.
Looking up! The view from the lobby at SF MOMA. Photo by Dave Schumaker
Earlier today, team gdgt took a field trip over to the SF MOMA, to check out the Dieter Rams exhibit. Known for his minimalist design aesthetic, the exhibit showed off timeless looking products that he has designed and influenced over the past 50 years.
Numerous quotes from Dieter Rams were posted around SF MOMA. Photo by Dave Schumaker.
One part of the exhibit was dedicated to his 10 principles of good design.
It was pretty awesome and inspiring stuff. Check it out at the SF MOMA. The exhibit runs until February 20, 2012.
This is a relatively new stencil that popped up at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop. It was created by a French street artist named Blek Le Rat. Some have speculated that Blek le Rat’s stencil style is the inspiration for Banksy.
British graffiti artist Banksy has acknowledged Blek’s influence stating "every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier."