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This genuinely feels like a major paradigm shift. Even if the image quality isn't quite at the same level as Midjourney, opening the flood gates to any average person being able to conjure up whatever they can think of is massive.

I'm also happy to see that OpenAI are taking steps to address some of the ethical issues with having these models trained on the work of artists who aren't compensated. (It's in the "Creative Control" section of the "A focus on safety" chapter. They now claim ChatGPT will refuse to generate images in the style of a living artist. And they let artists proactively opt out of models training on their work. Whether this goes far enough is of course another discussion.

But I'm probably not as fatalistic as you seem to be about us losing humanity when it comes to this specific development. I see many wonderful use cases where passionate authors can play around with visualizing the scenes they describe in an extremely nuanced way. I see kids exploring magical worlds of their imagination (the DALLE-3 demo video about the hedgehog is along those lines). I see the average person no longer constrained by their technical / artistic ability giving outlet to amazing creations lying dormant in their minds. And so on.

Sure, as with most generative AI, we'll see battles over ethics, copyright, etc. and we'll want some regulations in place to prevent the worst abuses. But I definitely see the potential for this to be huge booster of creativity, where AI and people work in tandem to create something new.

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Sep 20, 2023Liked by Alberto Romero

I doubt anyone outside of OpenAI knows the answer to this, but what’s your take on the phrase “available to GPT Plus consumers”? Does that mean included for their subscription price or does it mean the ability to add on this feature for a surcharge?

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Opting out is a cop-out. If OpenAI really wants to be ethical and do the right thing by artists, they would use the opt-in model. In other words, no scraping the Internet for images of art or photography without explicit permission of the artists.

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Very interesting. Do you know if it allows training on your own photos?

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Except we haven't had a chance to actually try DALLE-3 yet. I'll judge it when I can actually run tests.

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Alberto Romero

>> ... I can't help but feel that we—we, humanity—are losing something every time we take a step in >> this direction.

>> What do you think?

Since you ask, my own feeling is that we would losing something way more important if we *didn't* "take a step in this direction"!

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I'm kind of shocked. It happened pretty fast.

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I'll definitely dive in as soon as I can and let you know what I think.

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Creating scenes and images to very exacting specifications is something that we should have been conditioned to thinking about ever since seeing it fictionally accomplished on the holodeck as it was seen in the late 1980s on Star Trek: TNG. I'm not altogether sure that I can manufacture indignation for having "lost something" for being able to do it now and not having been able to do it before in reality. Perhaps I'm missing something. Could someone explain what the big deal is?

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I think the artists would benefit from including their art in the training dataset if they made some royalty agreements

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OpenAI is planning is release Dalle 3 with ChatGPT in early October. I feel this is going to be similar to the image generation within the Bing AI chat - but better. I observed that texts got better in Dalle 3 (for instance, the 21 in your cover image and of course this -> https://images.openai.com/blob/0303dc78-1b1c-4bbe-a24f-cb5f0ac95565/avocado-square.png?trim=0,0,0,0&width=2000).

Thats all cool, but one thing puzzles me. On their website, they said -- "As with DALL·E 2, the images you create with DALL·E 3 ... don't need our permission to reprint, sell or merchandise them"

The monetization part of the AI-Generated images - which by nature is made from taking creative instances from thousands of images - is still complicated.

Sure, you can disallow GPTBot from crawling your work. However, that only works possible when the bot hasn't already crawled your works. Even the site says, "Creators can now also opt their images out from training of our *future image generation* models."

What should be the way of managing the monetisation of AI-Generated Artworks? In worst cases, it could feel like reselling Picasso's work by distorting the canvas and sprinkling it with filters and colours of Van Gogh's.

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