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Mind-Reading Art: The Canvas In Your Consciousness. Ready to dive into the abstract? Turn your brainwaves to channel 'Creativity' and read on.

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VISUAL CREATORS
For your artistic side.

French art collective Obvious has developed a mind-to-image algorithm using fMRI technology.

They put artists in the machine and recreated the images they were picturing in their heads with, "near-perfect accuracy". The artists were instructed to imagine specific types of images from their minds, with the algorithm producing accurate results around 90% of the time.

Obvious sees potential for the technology in the art world, envisioning a way for artists to directly share their visualized ideas.

They previously made headlines in 2018 by selling the world's first AI-generated portrait for $432,000.

However, they also acknowledge the ethical complexities of visualizing and potentially sharing private thoughts. This tech could get real Black Mirror real quick.

PRODUCTION MASTERY
The commercial aspects of creativity.

Google’s bringing AI to your photo albums with a feature called Ask Photos. It’s like Google Photos’ face and place search, but now you can ask natural language questions about your pics. It uses Google’s Gemini AI to understand your questions about your photo library.

It’s like having a personal archivist for your camera roll. You can ask it stuff like “Show me photos from last Christmas”, “Where did I park my car?” or "What did our last Thanksgiving look like?" and it'll pull up the right photos with relevant details; it'll even dig up shots from that 'themed birthday party' without you having to scroll till you sprain a finger.

Ask Photos isn’t just for searching your camera roll, though. It’ll help you make trip highlight reels and even suggest captions. It’s still an experiment, but sounds like a cool way to rediscover memories buried in your camera roll. It’s still in development, so we’ll have to wait to see if it lives up to the hype.

But before you get too excited, your photos are going through Google's AI brain to get you those answers. They say it's private and secure, but we've heard that before.

While Google says it won’t use this feature to target you with ads, it is a testament to how much Google can understand about your life through your photos. Privacy concerns aside, it’s a pretty great tool if you’ve ever lost an hour searching for a specific pic. But will it be able to find that photo you took of a mysterious figure in the background? We’ll have to wait and see.

CREATOR ECONOMY
Navigating the digital creative world.

Virtual influencers @lil.miquela and @imma.gram on Instagram

AI-generated influencers are no longer a sci-fi concept; they’re chatting up fans and making money. And it's not just the Kardashians who should be worried.

Meet Karen Marjorie, who's cloned herself into an AI chat companion using her own voice and mannerisms from years of content. Sound weird? Well, her virtual alter ego is making a cool dollar per minute.
And that’s just the beginning. Lil Miquela, a 3D model influencer, rakes in brand deals worth millions. It’s hard to tell who’s real and who’s programmed to appear real online.

The line between real and virtual is as blurry as a 240p YouTube video, with audiences eating up the artificially flavored content. As AI gets better at faking authenticity, we’re left wondering if the influencer bubble is bound to burst or if we’re all just characters in a digital play.

But don't blame the followers – there's some psychology at play here. From reciprocity bias to likability, these digital darlings know how to press the right buttons and get double-taps. And speaking of buttons, Algorithm Watch found that Instagram’s algorithm has a thing for beachwear, leaving some to question if the 'gram is more about skin than substance.

The creators behind these AI personalities have cracked the code to online success, using algorithms and psychology to woo followers and score major brand deals. It’s a gold rush in the metaverse, but is it ethical?

As AI influencers push the limits of authenticity, they’re also forcing us to question what it really means to connect in a world where the stories we scroll may be more fiction than fact.

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HIPA Photo Contest returns to Dubai with a massive $1M prize pool, and this time it's all about sustainability. Get your best shots in by June 30 for a chance to score big. They're keeping it real by not accepting AI-created pics. It's open to photographers worldwide, and guess what? Entering is on the house.

Canon confirms the development of the long-awaited EOS R1 mirrorless camera, touting unprecedented advancements in autofocus and teasing a new image processor. The R1 will undergo field testing at the 2024 Olympics, suggesting it’s built for top-tier sports and action photography.

📈 PRODUCTION MASTERY

Francis Ford Coppola unveils the star-studded teaser for his self-funded $100M sci-fi epic “Megalopolis,” marking his directorial return after 13 years. The film, set to premiere at Cannes in May 2024, is described as a “Roman Epic fable set in an imagined Modern America”.

Google's Gemini AI is now a script doctor, evaluating plots, characters, and even how snappy your dialogue is. It's like having a writer's room in your computer. It's not meant to replace human feedback, but at $20 a month, it could be a cheap way for aspiring writers to get some extra input.

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YouTube is modifying its ad offerings to attract more advertisers. Changes include cutting the number of channels in its top-tier YouTube Select plan, non-skippable ad campaigns with per-impression pricing, and branded QR codes.

Google has yet to fix its AI chatbot's image generator, which was shut off in May for showing racially stereotypical or historically inaccurate images. The delay likely stems from the challenge of addressing racial bias in the datasets used to train the system.

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