During the 2023 I/O event, Google and Adobe announced a collaboration in this field. From now on, Google’s chatbot Bard will integrate the text-to-image generator Adobe Firefly. This way, users will be allowed to generate, edit and share images straight from Bard’s command line instead of using two tools separately.
The impact of wildfires on the Australian outback and wildlife was devasting. The 2019-2020 season was particularly bad, causing unprecedented harm and affecting over 3 billion animals. Of course, it takes time for the environment to recover from such an event, and conservationists are monitoring the recovery via AI technology and a network of cameras.
Seven million photos from around 1,100 sensor-activated cameras in eight bushfire-affected areas across Australia were collected and analysed. The project is a collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Conservation International, and local land managers.
Google is rolling out a safer image search feature over the coming months that will blur any images that it deems explicit. It will apparently do this automatically using AI, even if the Safe Search feature is deactivated. Google has apparently initiated this to celebrate ‘Safe Internet Day’.
The news was announced yesterday in a blog post and is aimed at keeping families and young children safer when online. There will also be advances in privacy features in addition to the image-blurring tool.
As the conflict between China and the U.S. progresses, lawmakers have now turned their attention to TikTok. A China-based company stands behind the super-popular app, so there are growing concerns that user data might end up in the hands of the Chinese government. Therefore, a Democratic senator recently urged on Apple and Google CEOs to remove TikTok from their app stores immediately.
At its annual conference in India last week, Google announced that it’s working to bring you a “doctors’ handwriting translator” in the app. And of course, it’s working closely with pharmacists to develop the tool.
After filing a lawsuit against Meta, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now after Google. The AG has sued Google over the alleged unlawful use of biometric data scraped from photos and voice recordings. He claims that it’s hit millions of Texans, yet that Google failed to obtain their informed consent to collect their data.
Google has revealed its own text-to-video AI-generated program which is called Imagen video. Similar to Meta’s Make-a-video, the program allows users to generate a short video clip purely by entering descriptive text. It’s very similar to text-to-image apps such as Dall-E and Midjourney, however this time the end product is moving pictures.
Of course, this isn’t the first iteration of text-to-video, and neither was Meta’s for that matter. A
few couple of months ago DIYP reported that it would be the next big AI visual progression, and in typical AI nature, that progress has reached us at an insanely rapid rate. But back to Google.
It appears that Google Photos is having a bit of a moment. It seems that it’s corrupting some older images stored on the service dating from 2013 to 2015, according to reports from users. The phenomenon shows up as what looks like digital tears (as in rips through the image, not liquid that comes from your eyes) across the image, as you can see in examples posted to the Google support forums.
Quite a few people have reported the issue. As well as post on Google support, there are also a number of Reddit threads with more examples. There is some good news, though. It looks like Google is already on the case and some users have had their images fixed without them having to do anything. But, if you’re facing this issue and it doesn’t get automatically fixed, there is a way to do it yourself.
Earlier this year, the state of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit against Google over Google Photos’ privacy concerns. The company settled, and it was to pay a total of $100 million to anyone who used the app. And if you lived in Illinois between 2015 and 2022, hurry up: you only have a few days left to apply for your cut of the payout.