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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M M A R C H 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 8 9 Midjourney Let's take a quick look at what image- generating AI can do. Midjourney is the software that Jason Allen used to create the blue-ribbon image at the Colorado state fair. According to its website, Midjourney is a research lab that explores new medi- ums of thought. Its goal is to expand the imaginative powers of the human species. Midjourney uses an interactive bot that employs machine learning to create pic- tures based on text that is input. A bot is an autonomous program on the inter- net or other network that interacts with systems or users. Essentially, the program interprets written concepts and visualizes them. The Process Generating an AI image has a lot to do with the user's ability to put into words what they want to create. e description can include details such as the style of the image (for example: surreal, impres- sionist, painterly, photographic, etc.) the placement and character of figures, the type of landscape or background among other details. For example, Fig. 3 was created by prompting the software with the words, "John Oliver in the style of Picasso." e bot reviews the millions of images on the internet and finds ones that fit the description's parameters and com- bines them uniquely and artistically. e bot even produces multiple versions of the image. In most cases a bit of post-produc- tion editing in Photoshop is required to tweak the image to its ultimate glory. Fig. 3: This image was created by digital artist Jenn Mishra by prompting the software with the words: "John Oliver in the style of Picasso". AI has the potential to revolutionize many industries and has already had a significant impact in areas such as healthcare, finance, and transportation.

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