AI-based programs are increasing in number right now and they are expanding to various niches. Now, at the mention of AI, many people think about all sorts of frivolous things like "making a funny picture for a text query." But in fact, this is just a small bit of they are capable of.
AI programs have gone much further and are now showing excellent results in voice acting, creating logos, editing videos and photos, creating and analyzing text for copywriters or marketers and so much more. They are even used to create deep fakes that bypass login verifications in gambling, banking, and crypto exchange applications. Deep fakes are even being used to get old ladies to masquerade as young girls streaming on Asian streaming apps.
We are launching a new section where we will talk about useful and interesting software programs, applications and services that work based on artificial intelligence (AI). In this article, we will show you how diverse the world of AI-based programs has become and even analyze the recent scandal around the AI startup called Kaedim, which was accused of using Indian freelancers to turn 2D objects into 3D models while claiming that they use an actual AI software.
In more than 15 cases, we will analyze AI based programs that work perfectly well and also tell you how to use them effectively in your online business.
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Kaedim, and What's Wrong with It
Kaedim is an AI-based program that turns 2D concepts into full 3D models in 15 minutes with a good design output.
Achieving good, and correct model designs is difficult if we are talking about the fact that it is done by a machine, not a person. Moreover, the developers on their website say that you can convert any picture, be it a simple drawing or a complex, realistic photo. So many questions, so few answers. There are few answers because the developers are silent about how they do it and refer to the incredibly trained AI.
Users began to suspect something and tried to uncover the secret of Kaedim. The very first question they asked was how the machine managed to simplify the details in the finished 3D model so much. Look at the bird that was modeled through Kaedim. Where have all the feathers gone?
Questions would not arise if the object against a realistic background with many small and superfluous details did not lose them in the finished version, turning into a simplified version of itself. AI-based programs can be taught a lot of things, but how to properly cut off the excess and on what basis this excess is selected is difficult to teach a machine. This can only be done by a human. Even if this is done by an AI, such a result will not work out, no matter how perfect the topology is. Moreover, when uploading an image, you can specify what should happen. Technology ahead of the years? Doubtful.
Twitter users have reached out to @Forbes and @80Level, who have featured Kaedim in their publications, for clarification and asked if they have personally seen the 2D to 3D conversion process from start to finish. There was no answer, and then they began to analyze the comments.
Later, one of the users found an old job posting where Kaedim was looking for employees to "Quickly convert 2D sources to low-quality 3D objects in 15 minutes."
Twitter users suggested that the unique source of artificial intelligence is specialists from third-world countries: conditional Indians who "rivet" 3D models for $1 apiece. And such an assumption puts everything in its place.
Comparing the cost of subscribing to this resource with similar projects in the field, we can say that the price is frankly overpriced. A full subscription starts at $299 per month for 30 models and goes up to $7 700 for 1 000 models. The trial version costs $6 per project.
Many users, who, according to them, have been doing 3D modeling for many years, claim in the comments that this project is a pure scam.
One of the arguments was that if they managed to develop an AI-based program capable of independently turning 2D objects into 3D, then such technology would simply become a breakthrough, like the famous Google.
After two days, the Kaedim team finally decided to give a public clarification. In addition to the remarks about the honesty and transparency of their work, they revealed the image processing process that everyone was so interested in:
First, the AI processes the original image and converts it into a 3D model, and then the engineer checks how well the AI did its job. And, if necessary, a person edits the model "under Kaedim's high-quality standards."
This makes sense, but it still leaves the question: what is all this manual editing for? Why not just give users a non-perfect result but a completely AI-made one? Over time, the AI would learn, and the quality of its work would improve. All the most successful AI-based programs, such as DALL-E and Midjourney, were developed according to this principle.
Interestingly, in August 2022, the founder of the Kaedim service, Konstantin Psoma, gave an interview with Forbes, in which she made several high-profile statements that users only laughed at. For example, "creating 3D assets is one of the most time-consuming parts of the game development process Forbes, in which she made several high-profile statements that users only laughed at. For example, "creating 3D assets is one of the most time-consuming parts of the game development process." Or this one: "The gaming industry is notorious for its crises and missed deadlines." How many times has your favorite game been delayed? With the help of the Kaedim tool, game developers can create games 10 times faster, which means that in the same amount of time, you're now waiting for one game, ten will be released.
The main audience of the service is rude. But such statements suggest that the entrepreneur either deliberately misleads readers in order to advertise her startup or that she herself does not understand this area. What can we say if Konstantina considers the metaverses a "rebranding of games" and the sequels to popular projects are delayed for a long time because "they cannot use the 3D models used in previous games that were made many years ago, since they are now out of place"?
Konstantina Psoma, Co-founder of Kaedim
Despite the statements above, there is still one interesting fact in the interview: the entrepreneur said that her team released an API with which anyone can integrate automatic 2D to 3D conversion into their applications, games, and metaverses.
Whether Kaedim is a scam or not is not entirely clear. But most Twitter users who have tested the AI lean towards the first option.
Earlier, we already mentioned several other AI-based programs that actually exist and can already be experienced. Therefore, we will turn to a selection of interesting AI-based programs and examples where these services were used in practice.
The most popular AI-based program for design creation has gone far into the future and is now producing amazing results. DALL-E 2 creates beautiful and accurate images from a text request and generates logos, packaging designs, and animations, and enhances images using the OutPainting function while preserving style and meaning. Here are some case studies using this AI that will impress you.
This is an even more advanced and popular AI-based program that creates images based on a text request. It produces amazing pictures, although it does so in a more abstract and "tube-like" way than DALL-E 2. You can do anything with Midjourney: business logos, packaging designs, game designs, clips, and much more.
Confectionery Tortishnaya from Kemerovo designed chocolate bars with Midjourney, and the result is magical.
They usually relied on the services of designers, but this time they decided to try using AI to develop packaging. The result turned out to be interesting and unusual, but, as the representatives of the confectionery say, it took much more time than if the design was done by hand. In conclusion, they added that it was fun, but next time they will not use AI to create packaging but will give the work to designers.
Here is a second example of packaging design, this time for popcorn. This result was generated by the AI in just one minute.
It looks great, but the problem is that these just are design images, not printable templates. Nevertheless, it can serve as an idea for further development, which is already good.
Game Design with Midjourney
As in the DALL-E 2 example, Midjourney can be used to design games. Here is one such example where the developer of a 2D game called Shoon used AI to generate post-apocalyptic scenery for the background, aircraft models, and strange creatures in the game.
If, in addition to this, we generate code using Copilot or AlphaCode (these services, by the way, are praised by programmers, but not as a "substitute" for coders, but as assistants), and background sounds and physics using AI, then it will be possible to create a game almost entirely with AI.
Art with MidJourney
Midjourney creates amazingly complex landscapes and paintings. They are so unusual that they can compete with the works of artists. Perhaps in the future, we should expect a new branch of contemporary art because art reflects reality, and reality is AI.
Here's an interesting example of an American artist winning first place in the digital art category in a contest held at the Colorado State Fair:
He generated 100 images using the Midjourney AI program, selected the top 3, and then upscaled the images using another Gigapixel AI-based program.
The image that led the artist to victory is reminiscent of the works of old masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Perhaps the artist used their paintings to generate a new image, but the result was simply magical.
There are many music videos by famous artists on the internet that feature images generated by Midjourney. If you professionally create such videos. Perhaps at some point, your work will be of interest to performers and video makers. In our time, anything is possible; the main thing is to present your idea with high quality. Additionally, images from Midjourney can be animated using stable diffusion, which we will discuss below.
If you also generate music ("beats") based on text requests through the Mubert service, you can create even more unique videos. However, if you decide to make money from videos featuring famous artists, keep in mind that YouTube may "claim" copyright. Therefore, those who make such videos often change the audio track so that they are not recognized by the video hosting algorithms.
These algorithms are very strict and can even flag musicians who create their music for using a small sound that is protected by copyright. Because of this, musicians often have to redo and re-upload their work. Surely Mubert will face such issues; it's just that internet users have not yet thoroughly tested it.
This is an open-source, AI-based program that was released to the public on August 22, 2022. The results of Stable Diffusion are similar to those of DALL-E 2 and Midjourney, which were described above, but differ in that the program is completely free and works without restrictions. This AI-based program creates stunning landscapes and characters, changes the style of images, and generates text queries, like its "colleagues."
By the way, the previous services are paid, but they offer a free trial period, the terms of which, like the pricing policy, often change. That's why we did not provide selection details but gave links to official sites.
Here is an example of how AI generated a realistic drawing from a simple sketch in two clicks:
This demonstrates that Stable Diffusion can be used to create logos, even if you're not good at drawing at all. The main thing is to roughly indicate what you need, and then browse through the options and add your preferences.
In Stable Diffusion, you can also generate animations based on video and text. Here is a remake of the dance scene from La La Land in anime style at 8 frames per second.
What Is the Problem with Stable Diffusion?
Due to the fact that the program is open source, there are concerns about how to control it. In this case, the AI program can be used to generate prohibited images, such as propaganda, violence, and pornography.
The network has also sparked controversy over copyright. The AI collects all images from open sources, including paintings by contemporary artists that are protected by copyright.
Artist RJ Palmer has expressed strong concerns about the work of Stable Diffusion and other similar AI-based programs because his paintings can be used by AI to generate images.
It is for this reason that stock photo services and NFTs do not allow for sale and block images made using AI. They justify this by saying that although the image is new, it is made from many fragments of other people's paintings and photographs, which means that they violate copyright. For example, the Dune subreddit recently banned AI-generated images and labeled them "low-effort content."
Most likely, this will change in the future.
The author of the Telegram channel "Metaverse and IIshche" expressed his opinion on this matter. His message was that AI and art are a problem that has just appeared, so people need to understand how to act. The artist's brain is also trained by an AI-based program that contains information about the paintings of other artists, their own experience, and their life position. The artist recycles everything they have seen before into something new, and this is how new works of art are created.
Now people like RJ Palmer find it hard to come to terms with the fact that AI is required to process a huge amount of information and generate something new in a matter of seconds, so they feel a sense of injustice.
Nikolai Ironov is an AI-based logo creation program developed by Artemy Lebedev Studio. The service offers the creation of five different projects for 9,900 rubles, which includes 999 logos. You can easily experiment with various styles, colors, fonts, and layouts to find the one that best suits your needs.
In theory, it sounds fantastic. You don't need to waste time searching for a designer or studio or editing your design. Everything can be done quickly and efficiently here and now.
The art director of the digital agency Atvinta tested the program by creating a logo for the Arama web platform associated with OSAGO. Here are the results they obtained:
After presenting the result to the customer, he said, "I thought it would be worse."
Users commenting on the Atvinta agency's post on vc.ru unanimously agreed that it would be better to pay a designer three times more and obtain a logo that at least reflects the brand's values.
Another online AI-powered logo maker is Looka. There are significant differences between Looka and Nikolai Ironov. Before logo generation, Looka collects a comprehensive collection of information and preferences. There are no restrictions on creating logos, and most importantly, the pricing is reasonable.
All logos are unique, and due to the in-depth analysis, they turn out to be better and more interesting. The finished result can be downloaded in vector format, and the logo can be modified manually.
As previously stated, you can generate any number of logos, but you only need to pay for the final result, which costs $4.99 for the basic version and $7.99 for the extended version. The logo is immediately downloaded in three versions: color, black and white, and transparent. Thus, you will have logos ready for printing on any surface.
Wizard is an AI-based tool for quickly creating website layouts. The tool is incredibly easy to use: you sketch the interface on paper, load it into Wizard, and a neat layout is ready. This is magic that makes it easier for everyone who creates their sites. Take a look at how it works:
The tool itself is free; you just need to register to get started. An advanced paid version is also available for $12 per month, which includes unlimited projects and access to all templates. The free version includes three projects and ten templates.
With Symmetric Sketch, you can convert sketches into three-dimensional models. Unlike Kaedim, which has been called a hoax, Symmetric Sketch's source code is published in the public domain, allowing anyone to verify that the program is not fake. However, note that this is not an AI-based program. The service uses tricky diff geometry and optimization.
Despite this, Symmetric Sketch makes it easier for designers to create desired objects, and graphics, or virtually place future furniture in an apartment.
DataLocator is a cutting-edge system that allows you to monitor brand mentions on social networks in real time using artificial intelligence. Unlike similar tools like Mention, DataLocator uses AI-powered technology to collect and analyze information, making it an essential asset for market research.
While it's known for its exceptional monitoring capabilities on Telegram, further testing on other platforms is yet to be fully disclosed.
We hope that DataLocator will continue to develop, expanding its capabilities to monitor all popular social networks and search engines. By doing so, it will allow users to track not only mentions of specific brands but also individual keywords, as the principle of operation is the same: a keyword search.
Bloom is an extraordinary AI-powered open-language model that supports 46 natural languages and 13 programming languages. Unlike other large language models that only focus on English, Bloom's developers have decided to shift their attention toward developing other languages that were previously unsupported by such models.
Using Bloom is incredibly simple: write a hint, and AI will generate the desired text, whether it's a recipe or a structured story. This tool can be used anywhere, including in marketing. No more ordering texts from native speakers when you can generate them yourself using Bloom, which is entirely free. So why not give it a try?
Zvukogram is a state-of-the-art AI-based program that converts written text into sound series. Users can choose from male and female voices, as well as free or paid voice options that require tokens. This service is widely used by major YouTube channels and television shows, with over 20 languages and a variety of different voices available.
AI-based programs like Zvukogram can be incredibly useful for voicing creatives, such as in the gambling industry. You can choose an excerpt from a real news story, overlay voice acting on it with this AI-based program, and create an outstanding piece of creative work that will inspire confidence in your audience. Other similar programs include Voicechanger.io, Deep Voice by Google, Wavenet, and Respeecher (which allows users to load a track with a voice and make a model out of it so that later, you can simply load the text and voice it with the same voice).
These AI-based programs aren't only useful for creatives but also for voice-overs in videos on TikTok or YouTube, among other purposes. However, they can also be misused, as demonstrated by a scammer who attempted to deceive two crypto affiliate programs using programs with Deep Fake to replace his real voice and create two different personas. His deception was eventually uncovered when the program crashed, revealing his real voice.
Pixelcut is a mobile app based on AI that makes image editing more efficient and straightforward. The app, which is available in the App Store and Play Market, is shareware.
With Pixelcut, users can remove backgrounds, unnecessary objects, and inscriptions, restore quality, and overlay all kinds of backgrounds, stickers, and texts.
Dain App is an AI-powered app ideal for full video editing. It can enhance the FPS, adjust video color, eliminate video defects, and convert videos to 4K format. The AI-based program itself can calculate the trajectory along which objects move to complete missing frames and make videos smooth.
The app is free and available for download here.
Other Popular AI Programs and Services
Other popular AI programs and services include;
We will discuss these and other programs in upcoming reviews.
AI-based programs are used in various fields, and they significantly improve our lives. DataLocator, Bloom, Zvukogram, Pixelcut, and Dain App are just some examples of how AI-powered technology can help us work more efficiently and creatively
If you've been wondering, "How can neural networks benefit me?" then we hope we've answered your question. Neural networks are utilized in a variety of fields, making life both simpler and more engaging. Once you give them a try, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them.
We will keep discussing the latest developments in neural networks and, more importantly, how and where to employ them. We'll compare which ones perform less effectively and which ones are more effective. We'll also continue to provide you with fresh ideas that will simplify your work routine.