Google plans slow rollout of AI app creating art from text

Bloomberg11/3/2022 09:00 AM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Google plans slow rollout of AI app creating art from text
Generative AI models are powerful but can produce real risks. Photo: Bloomberg
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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is preparing an app that will use artificial intelligence to let consumers create images by typing a few words.

People will only be able to do two things with the app: construct buildings through a function called “City Dreamer,” or use the “Wobble” feature to interact with a cartoon monster, Douglas Eck, a principal scientist at Google, said at the company’s [email protected] event in New York Wednesday. The tools will be available through Google’s AI Test Kitchen app. A release date for the new capabilities wasn’t given.

AI imaging technologies like DALL-E can produce vivid pictures from a brief text description, like teddy bears shopping for groceries in ancient Egypt. But critics say so-called generative AI can also be used to spread misinformation, use artists’ work without credit and enforce harmful biases, and Eck said Google’s slow roll out to the public reflects concerns about the emerging technology.

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