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Paris 1923: Midjourney & Runway

Experiment with images generated in Midjourney v5.2 and image-to-video parts created via Runway Gen 2.

In 1923, Paris was a hub for art and culture. The city attracted renowned artists and writers like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, along with many others who found inspiration in its lively atmosphere. The charm of Paris had created a mythos of romance that had captivated people from all corners of the world.

Zeroscope, Free Text-to-Video

“Zeroscope stems from Modelscope, a multilevel text-to-video diffusion model with 1.7 billion parameters. It generates video content based on textual descriptions. It refines this concept, offering higher resolution, without the Shutterstock watermark, and closer to a 16:9 aspect ratio. Zeroscope features two components: Zeroscope_v2 567w, designed for rapid content creation in a resolution of 576×320 pixels to explore video concepts. Quality videos can then be upscaled to a “high definition” resolution of 1024×576 using zeroscope_v2 XL.”

Read more at the decoder.com: Zeroscope is a free text-to-video model that runs on modern graphics cards

Unleashing Creativity with Code

“In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing industries, the art world is no exception. The intersection of AI and art is a burgeoning field, teeming with potential. As AI models become more sophisticated, prompt engineering, a technique used to guide AI’s creative process, becomes a crucial skill.”

“It’s not just about asking questions; it’s about asking the right questions. This guide to prompt engineering for AI art provides a comprehensive overview of the topic, demystifying the process and offering practical tips and insights.”

Read more at: Complete Guide to AI Art Prompt Engineering

A “New Twitter” Moratorium, Please!

“Meta will have to beat a throng of other would-be Twitter killers, including Bluesky, Mastodon, Post News, Spoutible, Cohost, Hive Social, T2 Social, and Spill, in addition to conversation platforms aimed at right-wing users, like Truth Social, Gettr, and Gab, as well as established social networks now courting disenchanted Twitter users, like Tumblr and Substack.”

“Then again, early reviews from extremely online types are overwhelmingly negative. (​​“It is funny that Zuck rolled out a Twitter Killer and it took less than 24h for everyone to decide it is irrevocably Ass,” writer Noah Kulwin tweeted, summarizing the mood.) So there’s no guarantee the early adopters on Threads will stick around. Like Meta’s ersatz TikTok copycat, Reels, the platform could become a dupe for dorks, destined to fester in the shadow of its original.”

Read more at Wired.com: After Threads, There Has to Be a ‘New Twitter’ Moratorium

AI specialist is the new “it” girl

“In contrast to crypto or web3, few people think AI will be a flash in the pan. Just how prevalent it becomes, of course, will depend largely on how profitable business use cases for it are. Already, tech workers are losing jobs to AI, so many figure they might as well get ahead of it and get in on the action. They’re turning to communities on Reddit as well as to friends and colleagues already in the field to find out how they can pivot to lucrative jobs in AI rather than having their jobs replaced by AI.”

Read more at Vox: Scared tech workers are scrambling to reinvent themselves as AI experts

Where Did Music Come From?

“Did humans evolve to sing and dance, or did we invent our musical pastimes? Scientists are still debating the origin of this universal behavior.”

“Look anywhere and you’ll find music. Without a single exception, every culture produces some form of it. Like language, it’s a universal trait in our species, and over the millennia it has bloomed into a diverse and stunning global symphony. Yet its origin remains one of the great secrets of human history.”

Read more at Discover Magazine: Where Did Music Come From?