This past decade has seen a marked increase in the use of AI’s reality-bending powers. 3D dioramas, style-transfer, viral photorealistic selfie-tuning, selfie-retouching, face-swaps, and deepfakes have all been a part of the selfie trend, as well as plenty of silly (and hilarious) fun with selfie filters.
Artificial intelligence-enhanced synthetic media has made significant progress in speed over this period, thanks in large part to ever more powerful mobile processing hardware.
Dream (iOS and Android) is the latest App from Wombo, a Canadian startup best known for its AI-enabled lip-syncing video app. Wombo recently released another app, Dream, that uses AI to create original “artworks” from a text prompt.
A terrifying tree or the worst sandwich in history can be painted by simply describing what you want it to look like, selecting a style from the available options (Mystical, Baroque, Fantasy Art, or Steampunk), and pressing the create button.
The App then displays your finished “artwork” in a matter of seconds.
You won’t get bored because you can see the AI in action during these brief moments of creation. Modeling progresses quickly through the App, from initial marks to a few inhumanly fast additions fleshing out the canvas, to a finished composition that’s practically breathless.
More than 10 million art pieces have been created by users so far using App. After only a month on the market, the Google Play app already has more than one million downloads.
Artificial Intelligence will keep getting “better,” depending on what we mean when we say “better” in terms of art. By giving the user the ability to customize and manipulate machine outputs to be [fine]tuned until they’re closer to what the person was imagining, or else feel more personally unique and meaningful, generative art models may be more successful. As a result, a more hybrid approach to art-making may lead to more powerful and moving results.
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