Meta Unveils 'Human-Like' AI Image Creation

    Meta Unveils 'Human-Like' AI Image Creation
    Last updated Jun 14, 2023
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    • Meta Platforms announced on Tuesday that it would allow researchers access to components of a new "human-like" artificial intelligence (AI) creation model that allegedly can analyze and complete unfinished images more accurately than existing models.
    • The company's AI team further stated that it is introducing the Image Joint Embedding Predictive Architecture (I-JEPA), the first AI model based on the vision of its Chief Scientist Yann LeCun to develop a new architecture to help machines learn faster, plan how to fulfill complex tasks and easily adapt to unfamiliar situations.
    • Contrasting to traditional generative models that are trained on extensive datasets, I-JEPA aims to replicate human perception and common-sense reasoning by reducing visual images to abstract representations and using predictive learning.
    • This comes as Meta's executives have downplayed warnings from others in the industry about the potential risks of the AI, refusing to sign a statement in May backed by top executives from OpenAI, DeepMind, Microsoft, and Google.
    • Over the weekend, Meta released via Github its new music-generating tool, MusicGen, which uses AI to turn text descriptions into audio recordings after being trained using 20K hours of music. A demo version is available to try via [the AI chat model community site] Hugging Face.
    • The company has made significant breakthroughs since establishing its AI research lab in 2013, open-sourcing over 30 AI models and frameworks — including the leading AI programming language PyTorch.


    Pro-establishment narrative

    The introduction of I-JEPA is a landmark in the development of AI, revealing the potential of self-supervised learning architectures to overcome key limitations of state-of-the-art systems. Hopefully, this approach will prove to be extendable to other domains, including video understanding and image-text paired data.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Though a lot of people are looking forward to the disruptive impact of AI on society, it's undeniable that scammers and other malevolent actors are willing to exploit AI tools — including apparently harmless image generators — for unscrupulous purposes. Government regulators and cybersecurity experts must find a way to address such threats while protecting innovation and the digital freedoms of ordinary people.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 4% chance that human brain emulation will be the first successful route to human-level digital intelligence, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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