Since the beginning of 2021, there have been a pocket of Twitter users from various art and tech communities sharing easy to use Google Colab notebooks that leverage ‘text2image’ generative deep learning algorithms for image and video synthesis. Ryan Murdock (@advanoun on Twitter) and Vadim Epstein have been pioneering the work for the notebooks, using OpenAI’s ‘CLIP’ to guide the varying generative models used for the process of creating this novel form of digital media.

Here are some examples of images produced using these text2image notebooks:

It’s a drab Monday morning in 2018, and as I habitually navigate my way to the facebook app on my phone through tired and half open eyes, I have no idea that what I will see will change the course of my life. Sounds dramatic I know, but let me explain.

The night before, my friend Violet had posted a link to my profile, and as I scrolled through my notifications I saw the headline: “Is artificial intelligence set to become art’s next medium?”. It had my attention. I studied Fine Art as an undergraduate, and was a tattoo artist…

Amy Elizabeth Smith

PhD student and artist, based at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence at Queen Mary University London

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