Zuckerberg disappears himself to showcase Meta’s new AI capabilities

Nov 17, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Zuckerberg disappears himself to showcase Meta’s new AI capabilities

Nov 17, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Zuckerberg disappears himself to showcase Meta's new AI capabilities

Some days, you just wish you could make big tech CEOs disappear at the snap of a finger. Well, apparently, now you can, as long as it’s in a photo or video.

Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg recently showcased how powerful their AI software Emu is getting in a new video that he shared on Facebook. The video generator was previously called “Make-a-video” but is now known as Emu Video and Emu Edit. They may soon be giving Adobe’s Generative Fill a run for their money.

Emu Video has evolved to use a two-step generative process. First, it generates moving images based on a text input. Then, it uses what it’s already created to make even more videos based on the first step. Emu Video can create 512×512 four-second long videos at 16 frames per second, according to a blog post by Meta.

Emu Edit is what could grow to rival Photoshop eventually. As demo’d by Zuckerberg, you don’t need to select an object to replace it. You simply tell the AI what to remove.

Zuckerberg disappears himself to showcase Meta's new AI capabilities

Pixels left untouched

Emu Edit can carry out “tasks such as local and global editing, removing and adding a background, color and geometry transformations, detection and segmentation, and more,” says Meta. Meta explains that only the pixels you want replaced are affected in their model. This leaves the rest of the images intact.

Interesting, and there is certainly potential here. However, a quick look at the examples given shows some pretty inferior image quality for the generated or manipulated images. This level would not pass the test of any photographer worth their pixels.

Research based

Meta admits that this is all just research-based and experimental at the moment. They haven’t given a rollout date or any information about when these Emu Video and Edit features might become available to the general masses.

Meta finishes up with a curious message: “While certainly no replacement for professional artists and animators…Imagine…editing your own photos and images, no technical skills required.”

I’m sure all professional photographers, filmmakers and retouchers are looking forward to that particular utopian world. Maybe now Zuckerberg will disappear permanently after those comments!

[via Petapixel]

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9 responses to “Zuckerberg disappears himself to showcase Meta’s new AI capabilities”

  1. András Iby Avatar
    András Iby

    woah, he can do what PS can since a while… Whoa !!

  2. Bill Worley Avatar
    Bill Worley

    We should be so lucky.

  3. John Atkin Avatar
    John Atkin

    I’m more worried about what he’s doing to the dog

  4. Chung Dha Lam Avatar
    Chung Dha Lam

    Hope this starts an invisible Zuckerberg meme

  5. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    He did not go far enough.

  6. Run N Gun Photography Avatar
    Run N Gun Photography

    Haha I love the caption!

  7. Once_Born Avatar
    Once_Born

    If they develop software that can make Elon Musk disappear, I’m interested.

  8. Cheng Peter Qian Avatar
    Cheng Peter Qian

    If we’re ranking them I vote Elon Musk first

  9. andrei ioan Avatar
    andrei ioan

    if only he’d really disappear…