To participate, users need to download Epik, upload selfies, select their gender, and choose between "standard" or "express" delivery for the AI-rendered photos. Epik then generates 60 different images from eight to 12 submitted selfies, portraying users in various '90s styles and backgrounds typical of that decade's yearbook photos.
The innovative engine also exhibits generative AI capabilities similar to Adobe’s Firefly-powered tools in Photoshop. In the demo, users can replace or generate new elements like changing clothing on a model or adding AI-generated flowers, by merely selecting areas and inputting text. This advancement aligns with the broader trend of automated design tools powered by generative AI, like those offered by Canva and Google Photos.
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Amid a global AI chip shortage, pivotal for training large language models like ChatGPT, OpenAI is weighing the option of chip development or even acquiring a chipmaker, although no firm decision has been made. The move aims to mitigate the substantial operational costs of ChatGPT, earlier estimated at up to $700,000 daily. The situation mirrors a larger industry trend where tech behemoths like Meta and Microsoft are also venturing into creating their own chips to counter the scarcity and dependency on providers like Nvidia.
This exploration also underscores a growing divergence between OpenAI and Microsoft. Having invested $10 billion in OpenAI at the outset of 2023, Microsoft had been a significant provider of the requisite computational power for OpenAI's model training, even constructing a vast supercomputer for OpenAI in 2020. This partnership also facilitated the integration of OpenAI's models into Microsoft's offerings, enhancing products like Bing.
These scholarships, building upon the 1,800 scholarships provided in the past three years from £18 million of government funding, will cover practical AI and data science skills, coding, programming, machine learning, health data science, and AI ethics. This move is geared towards preparing students for future jobs and propelling the UK's ambition to be a forefront player in AI safety.
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