Lensa AI avatars show how easily we can pass photos to apps

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About a week ago I noticed a trend among the people I follow on Instagram: Many of them shared illustrations of themselves, often in fantasy-like settings.

I didn’t think much about it at first, mainly because social media is full of different filters. Then people started sharing the source of these images: Lensa AIa photo and video editing app that “magic avatars” made with artificial intelligenceor AI.

To create an avatar, a user must Upload 10-20 photos of one person that meet certain requirements, such as B. A variety of facial expressions and backgrounds. Then you have to pay a fee, which is enough from $3.99 to $7.99 and up depending on how many avatars you want to receive and whether you are already a Lensa subscriber.

According to the app, the avatars “consume enormous computing power to create amazing avatars”, Because of this, it costs an additional fee on top of subscribing to the app. That is where I took a break. I was willing to give Lensa photos of myself to follow the trend and see my own AI images. But I would rather pay an artist Create avatars of me as an app. I couldn’t believe how many either People willingly paid for these avatars.

“Does anyone else think it’s weird that so many are starting to pay money for an AI selfie app? After months of talking about his ethical issues, even artists jump right in. Not ideal tbh,” tweeted @arvalis.

Others point this out other problems with the avatarsincluding the fact that women are given avatars that are sexualized or involve some nudity, although the app says it won’t accept photos with nudity to train the AI. Artists are too Asking people not to use the appwho claims that AI art steals from real artists.

Prisma Labs, the company behind Lensa, did it a bunch of tweet threads in connection with the complaints about the app. “Since cinema didn’t kill theater and accounting software didn’t wipe out the profession, AI won’t replace artists but can become a great tool,” he said company said on twitter. Another tweet stated that “a user’s photos and their associated model will be permanently deleted from our servers” once the avatars are created.

Ever since people started discussing the issues surrounding Lensa’s magical avatars, I’ve seen it fewer of the avatars were shared on social platforms. Lensa however remains the #1 free app in both the Apple and Google Play stores. Other AI art apps are also in the top 5 from Apple and Google.

Why it matters

This year we saw several AI art programs go viral and take over social platforms. There was DALL-Ewho gave us damn memes and images based on text prompts. and praise, a creepy image of a woman produced by AI. Now there are Lensa’s controversial magic avatars.

AI art is now a part of internet cultureand we must stop and Think about how it will affect us everything in the future.

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*Initial publication: December 10, 2022 at 6:00 am CST

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