What’s the Lensa AI?
Lensa AI is not a new app. However, its popularity has been attributed to a recent upgrade of its core technology. Prisma Labs, a California-based AI developer, created the app. It also made Prisma, another app that became popular five years ago. The app was not an AI-driven, live image generator, but instead was an image editor with a variety of artistic image filters that could transform any image into Renaissance-like art. The majority of filters were available locally and free. However, there was a premium tier that allowed you to access more advanced category filters.
Lensa runs on AI algorithms, and generates many images based upon a user’s input. It creates images that are very different from the original image it was instructed to. A user can upload a selfie and choose a category to view the type of image they want. In about 30 minutes, an AI-generated series of images is generated that are based on that selfie but fundamentally different.
It is not free, however. A one-week trial costs $4 (Rs330). Users can create five sets of AI-based artwork based on five selfies during this phase. For $4, each set of AI art will give users 10 results. Users will receive 50 images for their $4 fee. A $35.99 annual subscription costs Rs3,000 and will provide 10 options per selfie.
Why is Lensa AI important?
Lensa AI, the latest AI edition that creates art and text, is called Lensa AI. ChatGPT, an AI chatbot created by AI research company OpenAI, is the latest AI chatbot to hit the headlines. It can create very long and accurate stories from just a few lines of text.
OpenAI has also developed Dall-E, an AI image generator that uses generative adversarial network (GANs) as its base. The bots could then create various types of illustrated and painted art by simply entering a few words. Dall-E also led to the creation of a number of similar apps such as Midjourney which is currently free (at least during the trial phase).
Lensa AI, an AI text and image generator, is the latest to make noise and gain fame. It uses simple inputs to generate complex forms of art that look just like professional artists. Experts such as artists and human rights activists raise concerns about the ethics of these AI platforms and their potential impact on creative fields. These AI platforms are largely based on intelligence and sentiments from humans.
What is the secret to creating so many versions of single images in ?
Lensa AI employs a type AI called ‘Stable Diffusion’. This uses an input image with a few words as a point of reference and then juxtaposes it with millions of images to create contextual art. Lensa AI can convert a selfie into science fiction art by simply uploading a picture and adding terms like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘fantasy.
Why is Lensa’s ethics important to both artists and users?
Users have been sharing their Lensa selfies online, but privacy experts and artists raised concerns about how Lensa uses user data and whether it is ethical. For instance, Karla Ortiz, an award-winning illustration artist who has worked with the likes of HBO, Marvel Studios, Ubisoft and Universal Studios for over a decade, told NBC that (https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/lensa-ai-artist-controversy-ethics-privacy-rcna6024) Lensa seemingly used some of her creations, without consent, to train its AI algorithm.
Ortiz, in turn, called the service “forgery art theft and copying”.
Lensa users have stated, in turn that Lensa’s privacy policies could be misused by them. This includes how Lensa uses data to “provide and improve, test, monitor the effectiveness”, provide personalized content and information (users)” and “diagnose and fix technology problems related to Lensa”.
Do you have concerns about nudity and Lensa?
A TechCrunch report and test of Lensa’s app found that when the service is fed selfies of celebrities, coupled with malicious and unauthorized Photoshop hack-jobs of celebrities combined on nude bodies, the AI generator creates authentic-looking nude images (https://techcrunch.com/2022/12/06/lensa-goes-nsfw/) of the artists as well — thereby legitimizing unauthorized nude images of users who may not even know about it.
A New York Times also highlighted issues (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/07/style/lensa-ai-selfies.html) with body image appropriation. Lensa created AI art for a user who uploaded selfies. NYT spoke with a German marketing executive who used the service. He said that it should have been able “detect fat people also.”
The user stated that even if I imagined myself as a fairy or a fantasy version of myself, it would still be a dream for me to look like myself.