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Exploring Stability AI's Latest Releases: Video, Turbocharged SDXL, AI Tools

Author: Bill MeeksTime: 2024-03-22 18:50:00

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YouTube Tackles AI Disinformation with New Policies

YouTube announced new policies aimed at addressing issues related to realistic AI-generated content in YouTube videos. The new guidelines require creators to disclose when they use generative AI like stable diffusion to create content or alter pre-existing content. This includes things like deep fakes, voice cloning and disinformation.

YouTube plans to introduce a new labeling system, implement content removal requests for AI-generated content simulating individuals, and give music publishers a method to request takedowns on AI-generated content.

As an AI-focused YouTuber, I don't have a problem with this. I think my viewers know to assume what they see on my channel is AI unless I say otherwise. Still, the ability for companies to issue takedowns for content they didn't work on is concerning.

I'll be keeping a close eye on these policies and keep you updated with any developments, or my channel will get cancelled.

Labeling and Removal Systems

YouTube plans to introduce a new labeling system to disclose the use of AI in content creation. This will help viewers understand what is real and what is AI-generated. They will also implement content removal requests for realistic AI content that simulates a real person without consent. This aims to curb potential misuse.

Impacts on AI-Focused Creators

As an AI-focused creator, I think viewers know my content is AI-generated unless stated otherwise. However, the increased takedown abilities for copyright holders could negatively impact creators like myself. I'll monitor these policies closely to understand how they may affect my channel and content creation moving forward.

Researchers Find Model Collapse Isn't Really an Issue

Computer scientists from MIT and Google discovered that model collapse isn't really a thing. A common criticism of AI models is that future iterations will reinforce flaws by training on AI-generated data.

However, the researchers found that models are more accurate if trained on AI images, allowing them to better understand underlying concepts. While this could reinforce biases, it disproves model collapse concerns.

Disney Uses AI to Generate Touching Thanksgiving Image

It's suspected that Disney used AI like stable diffusion to generate a Thanksgiving image with classic characters. After posting to Instagram, many users called out the image as AI-generated.

It's unknown the exact AI used, but based on their history it was likely stable diffusion. Nice picture Disney, but don't forget to edit out the flaws visible despite the AI assistance.

Flaws Visible Despite Editing Attempts

While a nice holiday picture, Disney's AI-generated image still contains some obvious flaws. This shows that while AI can assist in content creation, it still benefits from human editing and oversight before publishing.

Stability AI Announces Commercial Pricing Structure

Stability AI announced they will release a pricing structure for commercial usage of their models. Co-founder Emad said pricing would only apply to companies making significant money, likely over $100k.

As an indie creator using their tech, it makes sense to pay if your project finds big success. This open source model stays free for smaller users but charges corporations - seems fair to me.

Supporting Successful Open Source Projects

Stability AI's model follows a common open source approach. The tools stay free for smaller users, but require licensing, fees or support contracts once significant money is made using them. This allows indie creators to benefit while also funding continued model development and innovation from Stability AI.

Stability AI Releases Stable Diffusion Video

While I was away for Thanksgiving, Stability AI released stable diffusion video - a new model to generate short 14-25 frame video clips using text or images as prompts. It currently requires a powerful GPU, but the community already has it running on more modest hardware.

Deep Shrink Replaces Highres Fix with Improved Upscaling

Coya, developer of stable diffusion training software, released Deep Shrink to replace stable diffusion's Highres Fix. It improves image coherence during native upscaling and allows larger upscales without running out of VRAM or having weird glitches.

SDXL Turbo Drastically Speeds Up Image Generation

Stability AI announced SDXL Turbo, which generates images in a single step while maintaining quality. This significantly speeds up generation times. The model is compatible with popular GUIs like Automatic1111's WebUI.

I tried it myself by lowering the steps and CFG scale in my config. While quality needs improvement for final images, it's great for ideation and seed searching before sending images through the standard SD pipeline for additional tuning.

Integration with Existing Pipelines

SDXL Turbo works well with existing SD pipelines. I send my quick turbo generations through SDXL+Image2Image for cleaner final images. This improves iteration speed while maintaining quality for end results.

Archicad Releases AI Design Tool for Architects

Graphisoft's Archicad 27 released an experimental stable diffusion add-on to inspire designers called AI Visualizer for ARCHICAD. It generates design alternatives and ideas to your original concepts through photo-realistic images or artistic sketches.

Legal and Ethical Issues Around Deepfakes

NBC News highlighted harassment cases where teens are targeted with AI-generated fake nude images. While deterrence is needed, overly strict laws could also limit creativity and art involving nudity or controversial themes.

Punishing bad actors is reasonable, but don't cripple the tech's positive creative potential with excessive restrictions. There are many generating art that benefits culture.

Balancing Harms While Enabling Creativity

Laws are needed to punish those misusing AI to cause harm, such as fake nude images of minors. However, excessively strict laws could also limit artistic creativity involving nudity or controversial topics. The goal should be deterring harm while enabling positive creative potential. It's a difficult balance with emerging technologies like AI art generation.

Classic Memes Revived via Stable Diffusion Video

Thanks to SD Video, creators have been turning classic internet memes into short video clips. Famous still images like dog in fire or distracted boyfriend have been revived with AI-generated movement and animation.

As an avid internet meme fan, I'm thrilled to see this application of the new video model. The possibilities are endless for meme culture and internet humor.


Q: What new policies has YouTube implemented regarding AI-generated content?
A: YouTube has introduced new policies requiring disclosure of AI use, labeling of AI content, removal processes, and takedown abilities for music publishers.

Q: What did researchers discover about model collapse in AI models?
A: Researchers found that training models on AI-generated images actually improves accuracy rather than causing model collapse or degradation.

Q: What pricing structure has Stability AI announced?
A: Stability AI announced commercial pricing targeting high-revenue companies, while continuing to provide access for small-scale creators.

Q: What does the new Stable Diffusion Video model allow?
A: The Video model enables local generation of 14-25 frames of coherent animated video from text and image prompts.

Q: How does Deep Shrink improve on Highres Fix?
A: Deep Shrink enhances upscaling quality and size while reducing glitches and VRAM usage.

Q: What does SDXL Turbo provide?
A: SDXL Turbo massively speeds up image generation by allowing single-step outputs while maintaining quality.

Q: Who is Archicad's new AI Visualizer tool designed for?
A: The tool provides design inspiration for architects, designers, and others through AI-generated alternatives.

Q: What ethical issues around AI were highlighted?
A: The generation of fake nude images of minors raises issues balancing prevention of harms with enabling creative application of AI.

Q: How are classic memes being revived with AI?
A: Creators are using Stable Diffusion Video to generate short video versions of popular classic internet memes.

Q: What were the key topics covered in the latest Stability AI developments?
A: YouTube policy, model collapse, Disney AI art, pricing, new models like Video and Turbo, tools for architects, ethics, and meme videos.