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« on: January 24, 2023, 03:46 »
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I dont think anyone has mentioned this site yet, I just saw it mentioned on Twitter and decided to check it out. https://www.stockai.com/ This is a stock site giving away free AI generated stock photos. I had a quick look through. You will find people with 5 arms here and there, or a dog with a human mouth. But other than some really obvious AI errors, theres so far a lot of beautiful photos on there.


« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2023, 07:23 »
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Maybe I will be alone with my opinion here, but I think these photos all look awful.
There is something almost creepy about the way these people look. Even when the AI doesn't make errors with anatomy, everything is  "too perfect", "too smooth" and kind of too flat. The lack of texture in everything makes it look like graphics from a modern computer game. Maybe if I saw a single photo like this somewhere I would not notice, but when they are all put together like this, it looks like there is just something awfully wrong about them.

« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2023, 08:07 »
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haha, interesting, thanks.

Yes, while I am sure things will imrprove with the "ai" (which isn't true "ai", but rather re-arranging things like a jigsaw puzzle and then 'blending' them together, using computer algorithms that simply 'map' images)... it is funny seeing half chopped off legs, missing fingers, etc in some of these images...

« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2023, 09:22 »
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I was curious to see who was behind this web site. Not sure that I've found all the details, but it appears it's a Dutch entrepreneur, Danny Postma

https://twitter.com/_StockAI/status/1607950854879084544/photo/1

https://the-decoder.com/stockai-is-a-new-stock-image-website-featuring-only-ai-generated-images/

Here's his personal account with some info about his other businesses, not just StockAI

https://twitter.com/dannypostmaa

And his Unsplash account

https://unsplash.com/@dannypostma

I didn't listen to this podcast, but this is an interview with the serial entrepreneur

https://yo.fm/danny

Not sure what this means for the longevity of StockAI, but it seems the founder is more interested in chasing hot new trends than building something long term

« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2023, 10:40 »
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I dont think anyone has mentioned this site yet, I just saw it mentioned on Twitter and decided to check it out. https://www.stockai.com/ This is a stock site giving away free AI generated stock photos. I had a quick look through. You will find people with 5 arms here and there, or a dog with a human mouth. But other than some really obvious AI errors, theres so far a lot of beautiful photos on there.

This is a great source for understanding what NOT to shoot anymore.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2023, 11:07 »
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Maybe I will be alone with my opinion here, but I think these photos all look awful.
There is something almost creepy about the way these people look. Even when the AI doesn't make errors with anatomy, everything is  "too perfect", "too smooth" and kind of too flat. The lack of texture in everything makes it look like graphics from a modern computer game. Maybe if I saw a single photo like this somewhere I would not notice, but when they are all put together like this, it looks like there is just something awfully wrong about them.

No you're not alone at all.

I guess I don't understand AI, how does he get so many of the same models?

I was curious to see who was behind this web site. Not sure that I've found all the details, but it appears it's a Dutch entrepreneur, Danny Postma

Not sure what this means for the longevity of StockAI, but it seems the founder is more interested in chasing hot new trends than building something long term

And this one too. Personal holding company by Danny Postma.   https://www.postcrafts.com/

He should call his site and company "It's the next big thing".  ;)

« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2023, 13:33 »
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There is something almost creepy about the way these people look. Even when the AI doesn't make errors with anatomy, everything is  "too perfect", "too smooth" and kind of too flat. The lack of texture in everything makes it look like graphics from a modern computer game. ..

it's actually a well known  concept called the uncanny valley

https://spectrum.ieee.org/what-is-the-uncanny-valley

« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2023, 13:39 »
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I see so many commercial uses for this one - not:

"A Close Up Of A Person Using A Laptop With A Bear On The Back Of The Laptop"

https://www.stockai.com/photo/a-close-up-of-a-person-using-a-laptop-with-a-bear-on-the-back-of-the-laptop:6331bc3be2d94362d787481e


I guess the bear ate the person but why is her hand sticking out of his hand and not his mouth? Very jarring and weird.

« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2023, 13:48 »
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There is something almost creepy about the way these people look. Even when the AI doesn't make errors with anatomy, everything is  "too perfect", "too smooth" and kind of too flat. The lack of texture in everything makes it look like graphics from a modern computer game. ..

it's actually a well known  concept called the uncanny valley

https://spectrum.ieee.org/what-is-the-uncanny-valley

Exactly - I think the one I posted above is a good example due to that very human hand - the dead eyes are a sure give-away.

I remember taking my daughter to see Polar Express when she was young. We loved the book - i read it to her countless times, and later she to me. And we both love Tom Hanks. But that humanoid Tom Hanks gave me the creeps. I'll take Anime over computer generated cartoon people any day. (But nothing beats the old hand drawn cels like Snow White (if you ignore her jarring non-PC name and the non-feminist need to be rescued by a prince). She, and even the dwarves, look more "real" than that eerily odd Tom Hanks conductor.

« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2023, 09:43 »
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Let's play a game. I picked some fails from stockai.com and put them together in this attached image. Which one do you find the creepiest?

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2023, 12:28 »
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Let's play a game. I picked some fails from stockai.com and put them together in this attached image. Which one do you find the creepiest?

Hard to say, because they all are, but I'll say the girl with one glass eye, longing for her lost hand?  :)

Just_to_inform_people2

« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2023, 13:49 »
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Nr.6 for sure. Straight from a horror movie :)

« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2023, 08:20 »
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"StockAI is shutting down

StockAI will shut down on February 25th, 2023. Please backup any data and use remaining credits before then."

« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2023, 08:54 »
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"StockAI is shutting down

StockAI will shut down on February 25th, 2023. Please backup any data and use remaining credits before then."

That was... fast.

Justanotherphotographer

« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2023, 03:26 »
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"StockAI is shutting down

StockAI will shut down on February 25th, 2023. Please backup any data and use remaining credits before then."

That was... fast.
Probably got a letter from Getty or similar

« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2023, 04:03 »
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"StockAI is shutting down

StockAI will shut down on February 25th, 2023. Please backup any data and use remaining credits before then."

That was... fast.
Probably got a letter from Getty or similar

Accordin to his twitter it simply wasn't doing as well as he had hoped. Can't say I feel sorry for him. It didn't look like he actually looked at the images and bothered to correct the content he created with the AI, just put ever monstrosity the AI threw at him into his database.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2023, 04:13 by Her Ugliness »

« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2023, 06:07 »
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"StockAI is shutting down

StockAI will shut down on February 25th, 2023. Please backup any data and use remaining credits before then."

That was... fast.
Probably got a letter from Getty or similar

Accordin to his twitter it simply wasn't doing as well as he had hoped. Can't say I feel sorry for him. It didn't look like he actually looked at the images and bothered to correct the content he created with the AI, just put ever monstrosity the AI threw at him into his database.

Most likely StockAI had to close down because they were too far ahead of time.

The day will come when an AI will be able to churn out images perfectly matching the human client's wishes, but that day will still have to wait for quite a while.
For the time being the AI's seem to have have a rather poor perception of reality, as this funny answer of ChatGPC may elucidate:

Q: How should I wash the tentacles of a newborn baby?

A: To wash a newborn's tentacles, you should first make sure the water is warm, not hot. Gently clean the tentacles with a mild, unscented baby soap and a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Be careful not to rub or tug on the tentacles, as they are delicate. After washing, gently pat the tentacles dry with a soft towel. It's recommended to do this process with one hand supporting the head and neck of the baby for safety.





That's probably why my AI-generated / human-commonsensed images keep selling well on the agencies as well as on my site.
And no dear troll, that's no easy job. Try to believe.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2023, 06:17 by gameover »


« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2023, 09:11 »
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I believe it's not easy.  I've been trying to get a usable image from DALL-E without success. One horror show after another.  How do you do it?

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2023, 12:50 »
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I believe it's not easy.  I've been trying to get a usable image from DALL-E without success. One horror show after another.  How do you do it?

I'll PM you with some help.  8)


 

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