The San Francisco-based AI research lab OpenAI has unveiled the second version of DALL-E, its AI-powered text-to-image generator that can create photorealistic art pieces based on simple text descriptions.

  • Introduced first in January 2021 by OpenAI, DALL-E is a portmanteau of the names of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and Pixar’s WALL-E.
  • The second version is much faster than the first, and it can produce higher resolution images as well as edit existing photos.
  • While it is not currently available to the general public, researchers can sign up for a preview today, and OpenAI plans to make it available to third-party developers via an API at a later date. DALL-E has the potential to become a game-changer, especially for graphic designers and app developers.

The neural network produces some remarkable results already and is bound to get better. For example, OpenAI employee Aris Konstantinidis used DALL-E to create artwork of “bandana-wearing pandas riding motorcycles in the desert.”

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