Artificial Intelligence (AI) is appearing everywhere right now. AI is being used within software generating art, video, audio and even Tesla's latest robot.
AI Art in particular is seemingly evolving at a rapid pace and shows no sign of relenting. I've been experimenting with DALL-E, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney this month and having a lot of fun in the process. These tools take text prompts and convert to an image. Stable Diffusion was released a little over a month ago and has had all manner of variations of it since. I even learnt a new name for people using it - "Prompt Engineers". If you're interested in trying it for yourself see below for a video I created on getting it running on Apple Silicon.
In other news, I had a great time attending PyConUK this month with many other Python devs. It was my first in person event in 3 years and I was a bit dubious about going. I'm so glad I did, you can check out my post on it here.
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Tony Dinh talks about growing up in Vietnam, quitting his job, failed vs successful side projects, growing via Twitter and managing multiple projects that add up to $18,000
Simon Willison has been experimenting heavily with stable diffusion since its release. Here are his notes on everything he's discovered.
One of my favourite companies right now has partnered with Google to create a Chromebook edition of their laptop. It's the same fully upgradeable hardware as I previously reviewed, but with Chrome OS preinstalled.
I demonstrate how you can get started generating art with AI using Stable Diffusion on your Apple Silicon mac.
As if AI Art wasn't enough - Text-to-3D is already here!
Stable diffusion fork for generating tileable outputs which you can get started with right away on replicate.
OpenAI introduced their automatic speech recognition tool whisper and released code under a MIT license. Impressively it can both transcribe and translate between languages.
Text to Image is so last week - Try Text to audio. AudioGen synthesizes audio from text.
My latest side project launched! Silicon Prices tracks the prices of Apple Hardware at Amazon. I created this as I spent so much time looking at prices myself over the summer. At the moment it's US only, with UK prices and further features to follow.
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