DALL·E now available in beta
What’s a DALL·E Credit anyway?
This was trending on HackerNews today, and it made me think. Check out the 375 comments here.
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DALL·E, the AI system that creates realistic images and art from a description in natural language, is now available in beta. Today we’re beginning the process of inviting one million people from our waitlist over the coming weeks.
Prior to making DALL·E available in beta, we’ve worked with researchers, artists, developers, and other users to learn about risks and have taken steps to improve our safety systems based on learnings from the research preview. Read more about it here.
DALL-E also have credits. That’s pretty cool!
OpenAI has decided to invite 1 million people from their waitlist over the coming weeks. Users can create with DALL·E using free credits that refill every month, and buy additional credits in 115-generation increments for $15. The rules around credits are worth taking a look into.
In truth, language models and things like DALL-E will change how we create content online, with various AI bots becoming more influential.
It wasn’t so long ago in April when:
OpenAi’s newest system DALL·E 2 was announced that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language. See it here: https://openai.com/dall-e-2/
You really have to wonder how OpenAI and perhaps Microsoft are going to commercialize this.
Entire websites and eventually videos will be created with A.I. including images, content - everything! It could create a synthetic internet that will out-compete with the human one, weird to say! These risks are under-appreciated imho.
I’ve written about them and will continue to do so.
OpenAI’s PR is as bad as DeepMind or Meta AI’s at this point. It’s extremely shady.
But there’s something nauseatingly fake about all of this. TechRadar said:
If you've seen a surreal image of three grinning chihuahuas on a taxi, an astronaut on a white horse, or a fox possibly painted by Monet, you can probably credit DALL-E, OpenAI's artificial intelligence-powered image generator, which is finally entering beta this week.
Surrealism, yes beautiful but warped, narcissistic and totally fabricated. What are we coming to guys? I’m not alarmed but concerned, not all the commercialization of A.I. hype is good.
One Hacker News commenter said:
Somehow these articles are more readable than typical AI-generated search engine fodder... Is it because I'm entering the site with an expectation of nonsense?
reply (dude, it makes me seriously wonder!)
I wonder what the Reddit, Hacker News consensus is on all of this, sounds sort of positive to me. AI for entertainment or is it something else?
If automation hits the internet, our internet will be unrecognizable as the A.I. bots proliferate their stuff. Dozens of startups are already on the move to make these language models the “disruptive force” they have been perhaps created to be.
This could get fairly creepy really fast.
Here’s How it Works
The brave new world brought to you by OpenAI (and Microsoft!)
DALL·E, the AI system that creates realistic images and art from a description in natural language, is now available in beta. Today we’re beginning the process of inviting 1 million people from our waitlist over the coming weeks.
Every DALL·E user will receive 50 free credits during their first month of use and 15 free credits every subsequent month. Each credit can be used for one original DALL·E prompt generation — returning four images — or an edit or variation prompt, which returns three images.
What’s a DALL·E Credit?
You can use a DALL·E credit for a single DALL·E request: generating images through a text prompt, an edit request, or a variation request.
Credits are deducted only for requests that return generations, so they won’t be deducted for content policy warnings and system errors.
A powerful creative tool
DALL·E allows users to create quickly and easily, and artists and creative professionals are using DALL·E to inspire and accelerate their creative processes. We’ve already seen people use DALL·E to make music videos for young cancer patients, create magazine covers, and bring novel concepts to life.
Other features include:
Edit allows users to make realistic and context-aware edits to images they generate with DALL·E or images they upload using a natural language description.
Variations can take an image generated by DALL·E or an image uploaded by a user and create different variations of it inspired by the original.
My Collection allows users to save generations right in the DALL·E platform.
Pricing & Monetization
You didn’t think this was democratization of AI did you? This ain’t not Hugging Face bro.
In this first phase of the beta, users can buy additional DALL·E credits in 115-credit increments (460 images) for $15 on top of their free monthly credits. One credit is applied each time a prompt is entered and a user hits “generate” or “variations.”
Number of images is approximate. DALL·E generates four images for every natural language prompt. DALL·E’s Edit and Variations features generate three images.
Dall-E it turns out is sort of costly for ordinary people.
That fake-ass synthetic swag is not cheap!
But you are artists ya’ll!
By commanding A.I. you are building a new world.
Yes you can! For Ukraine!
But wait, it gets even weirder.
Using DALL·E for commercial projects
Starting today, users get full usage rights to commercialize the images they create with DALL·E, including the right to reprint, sell, and merchandise. This includes images they generated during the research preview.
Users have told us that they are planning to use DALL·E images for commercial projects, like illustrations for children’s books, art for newsletters, concept art and characters for games, moodboards for design consulting, and storyboards for movies.
So I might have to do this for my Substack, poor as I am!
American Media are saying this is awesome of course! For instance:
The tool is seen as one of the most advanced artificial intelligence systems for creating images in the world. Type a description, and DALL-E instantly produces professional-looking art or hyperrealistic photographs.
Even better than the real thing DALL-E 2!
How many free credits do I get?
You get 50 free credits your first month.
15 free credits will replenish every month after that, on the same day of the month.
For example, if you signed up on August 3rd, your free credits will refill on September 3rd.
If you joined on the 29th, 30th, or 31st of every month, your free credits will refill on the 28th of every month.
Free credits don’t roll over to the next month, so they expire a month after they were granted – but you’ll get 15 new free credits.
Gives new meaning to the phrase “use them or lose them” bro.
What a beautiful world. You can print the images on shirts or children's books, for instance. A.I. comics rule the world! Let them lose, the memes of tomorrow. Bathe in the psychedelic colors of DALL-E 2!
OpenAI might even make some serious cash on this, like a visual design video game.
How do I buy DALL·E credits?
You can buy DALL-E credits by using the “Buy Credits” button in your account page, or in the profile photo dropdown menu.
If you need additional assistance with your credit purchase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "DALL-E Credit Purchase Request."
See you in the Metaverse, I guess!
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