The metaverse is a strange place. The outward visage of the social media giant is that it’s a place where people can express their views and their creativity. The truth of the matter is that it’s all a front for ad revenue. I know, it’s hardly a surprise, but in the interest of revenue, this gargantuan brand has declared war on photographers in the interest of cash flow.
You know those TikTok reposts you see all over Instagram? Well, it looks like the latest tweaks in Instagram’s algorithm is going to push them further down and reduce their reach.
Other than product tags announced a few days ago, Instagram has introduced a few more changes. One of them is “ranking on originality,” which should push original content rather than reposts from other social networks. Or as I see it – reposts from TikTok that Instagram’s flooded with.
After the test that started earlier this year, it’s official: Instagram’s chronological feed is finally back! If you still hate the algorithmic feed, you can turn things back the way they used to be six years ago. You can see the posts in the order that they were – but it’s just an option that’s not set by default.
Images of AI-generated humans aren’t exactly a new concept. But now, they’re available for licensing for the first time ever. VAIsual and PantherMedia have announced the availability to legally license 100% synthetically generated stock images.
It’s been so long that Instagram switched to “curated feed,” that most of us don’t have our hopes up to see posts in chronological order again. However, it’s about to happen after all! Early next year, Instagram says that it will introduce chronological feed again – well, at least for those who still want it.
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a deep learning method that only needs a single photo to make a believable video. If you have a photo of a waterfall, a river, smoke, or clouds, it predicts the previous and the next frame and creates a pretty cool animation.
There are now two ways of creating digital images with a camera. You can either follow a software-centric computational photography approach. The other way is to stick to traditional hardware-centric optical photography. The former is used with AI to help enhance the final image, the latter relies on the quality of the camera’s components (e.g. lens, sensor). The two techniques may differ, but they are not at all on a collision course. They can complement each other and even address each technique’s limitations.
The Instagram algorithm is something many of us love to hate. It’s an invisible entity we’ve been trying to beat over and over again to make our content more visible. But the truth is – none of us really know how exactly the algorithm works. Well, the company has finally decided to become more transparent about it and tell us more about how Instagram picks content for its users.