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Canva’s new AI tools automate boring, labor-intensive design tasks
Canva, the popular web design platform, is celebrating a decade in the game by launching “Magic Studio.” It’s a bunch of new AI tools aiming to simplify the design process for everyone, no pro experience needed.
One cool tool? “Magic Switch,” which can flip a design into another format (like turning a blog into a social media post) without a sweat. Even cooler? It can translate your designs into 100+ languages right on the spot. Canva’s also letting users make quick videos from text prompts or images with the help of Runway AI, and there are some fresh photo editing tools in the mix.
Concerned about safety and privacy? They’re introducing “Canva Shield” to keep things on the up and up. On top of all this, they’re paying designers big bucks ($200 million over three years) if they let Canva use their designs to train the AI models.
Google Assistant Finally Gets A Generative AI Glow-Up
Google’s Assistant just got an AI upgrade, putting it in the same league as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. At a New York event, Google unveiled a beefed-up Assistant, blending it with another chatbot, Bard.
This new version ain’t just about voice; it’ll also make sense of pictures, helping with everything from trip plans to crafting clever photo captions. While it’s still so new that it’s not even a full-blown app, the jazzed-up Assistant can handle text, voice, or image queries. For now, it’s mobile-only and you’ve got to opt in.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s Alexa and OpenAI’s ChatGPT have also upped their game. What sets Google apart? Its Assistant can chat about the website you’re on. This whole upgrade means the Assistant can do more stuff, like helping you find emails or explaining photos.
Meta debuts generative AI features for advertisers
Meta’s got some new AI tools for advertisers. This AI can whip up different backgrounds for product pics, adjust images for different screen sizes, and even cook up six different text versions from the original ad copy. The idea? Make ads pop more and save advertisers time tweaking their stuff.
Some early birds who tried these tools saved around a month’s worth of hours in a year. But Meta admits it’s still tweaking to get that AI output just right for each brand’s vibe. And they’re not done – they’re planning more AI stuff, like new ad text and themed backgrounds. Plus, they’re gonna let businesses use AI to chat with folks on WhatsApp and Messenger for shopping and support.
The New AI Photo Tricks on the Pixel 8 Are Blowing My Mind
Google’s new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are seriously upping the game in phone photo tricks.
- Magic Editor: Remember when Google let you wipe out things like a random dude or a fire hydrant from your pic? Now, they’ve gone next level with Magic Editor. In their demo, a pic of a girl on a beach got a total makeover. Move her anywhere on the shot, and the background just… fills in. Perfectly. Plus, bad lighting? No prob! Turn noon into golden hour with a tap.
- Best Take: Ever snapped a group pic and someone’s blinking? Or maybe your kid’s looking the wrong way? Google’s got you. The phone snaps a bunch of pics real quick, and if someone’s not on point in one, you can swap their face from another pic where they look perfect. But chill, it’s not making up faces; it’s using pics you’ve actually taken.
- Audio Magic Eraser: Remember the photo trick? Now it’s for sound. Watched a vid of someone playing a cello with a siren ruining the background. Tap, tap, and boom! Just cello, no siren. Though, it’s not flawless. Tried it on a beach vid, still heard some waves.
- Video Boost: If you’re shooting in the dark or there’s a bunch going on, Pixel 8 Pro’s got Video Boost. Shoot your vid, send it to Google’s Cloud, and it gets back to you way clearer and smoother. Compared it to an iPhone 14 Pro’s vid and, no contest, Pixel 8 Pro nailed it. But heads up, it’s not dropping when the phone does.
Artifact will let you generate images with AI for your posts
Artifact, a news app by Instagram’s co-founders, has just dropped a cool new feature. Now, users can whip up AI-generated cover art for their posts.
It’s simple: make a post, tap the “+” on the photo frame, choose “Create with AI”, and throw in some words or themes. Want a pic that screams “climate”? Boom, you might get a nature shot. Want it in “anime” style? No prob. If the pic’s a dud, just tweak your prompt or try again.
This is just another nifty AI trick from Artifact – they already use AI for stuff like summarizing news and flagging clickbait. With these features, it’s giving big dogs like Instagram and the app formerly known as Twitter a run for their money.
AI yearbook photo trend: Here’s how to get your retro ’90s high school photo
Everyone’s flipping for the ’90s on social media, but with a twist: AI-generated ’90s yearbook pics. Folks are using an app, EPIK, to make themselves look like they’re straight out of a 1990s yearbook – think classic hairdos, old-school threads, and that unmistakable blue-grey background.
To rock that ’90s vibe, download EPIK, hit “Try AI Yearbook,” upload 8-12 selfies, pick your gender, and cough up some change (costs up to $9.99). No sweat about your pics, though – they get trashed right after your yearbook pic is whipped up. Wanna grab EPIK? It’s on Apple’s Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android folks.
Meta’s AI stickers are here and already causing controversy
Meta dropped some AI stickers for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and man, people are already losing their marbles. Folks have been making some wacky stickers, like Mickey Mouse puffing on a blunt or Winnie the Pooh holding a gun.
Some big names like Elon Musk and Alex Jones got some funny and kinda shady sticker versions too. When asked about the mess, Meta was like, “Yeah, sometimes AI can goof up. We’re working on it.”
This sticker drama comes right after some other weird AI chat went down with Meta. And with all these big companies pushing out AI stuff left and right, some people are starting to wonder if they’re moving too fast and not thinking things through.
Walmart experiments with generative AI tools that can help you plan a party or decorate
Walmart’s upping its game with some fancy tech that helps shoppers in cool ways. They’ve shown off three new tools:
- Shopping Buddy: Launching soon, this tool will chat with you, suggest products, and even help with ideas like what spooky costume to wear for Halloween.
- Smart Search: Instead of searching multiple times for a unicorn birthday party, just ask once. The AI will then show everything from balloons to napkins. Kinda like what some other companies are doing, but it’s Walmart-style.
- Room Decorator: Snap a photo of your room, and this tool will show you how different stuff would look. You can tell it your budget, and it’ll keep things wallet-friendly.
Walmart’s not spilling the beans on which AI they’re using, but they want the freedom to switch things up. This comes after they gave a similar tool to their corporate folks, and apparently, they’re loving it.
AI Designs Unique Walking Robot in Seconds
A super smart computer program (we’re talking AI here) just whipped up a design for a walking robot in a few seconds. Talk about speed dating, nature took billions of years to figure out walking! This was done on your everyday laptop, no beefy supercomputers needed. Instead of copying old designs, this AI went full DIY and crafted a weird, holey, three-legged robot that can stroll around nice and slow.
This robot ain’t just a cool gadget; it could change the game. Imagine rescue robots that can scurry through rubble to find folks or tiny robots inside our bodies helping us out. The dude leading this thing, Sam Kriegman from Northwestern University, even mentioned this could be the start of a brand-new type of life. And the crazy part? This whole design thing, from a block to a walking robot, was done in under 30 seconds.
An AI dating app claims to find your perfect match using only your face
SciMatch, a new dating app, uses AI to pair folks up based on a single selfie. Instead of the whole song and dance of building a profile, you snap a pic, and the app’s AI checks out facial cues to match personalities. Wanna match with someone who looks like your celeb crush? For a few bucks, that’s an option.
Launched by the Strylets sisters, SciMatch claims its tech gets your character traits right 87% of the time and boasts a 77% user response rate, outdoing Tinder. Some experts, like Prof. Paul Eastwick from UC Davis, think it sounds a bit like magic.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says AI could bring a 3½-day workweek
Jamie Dimon, the big cheese at JPMorgan Chase, thinks artificial intelligence (AI) is the bee’s knees. He’s got a bunch of his crew using it, and he’s got a wild idea: thanks to AI, we might be chilling more and working just 3½ days a week in the future.
This tech is doing a lot of good, but yeah, some jobs at the bank might get the axe because of it. But hey, it’s not all bad news – the bank’s hiring a ton of folks every year and many will just switch up what they’re doing. Some reports even say AI could shake up millions of jobs globally and pump up the world’s money game by 7%.
Two divergent skills that matter in an AI world: Math and business development
AI is changing the game. Two big skills are poppin’: math and business smarts. If you’re deep into AI, you better beef up your math game. If you’re more about the biz side, lean into business development. Maxwell Wessel from SAP dishes that while coding was once king, now it’s all about the numbers. But if you ain’t making AI, you better be great at product management and design.
Over time, AI is gonna switch up IT jobs. We’re talking less repetitive stuff and more high-level, creative thinking. Generative AI? It’s like a Swiss Army knife for devs—helping with bugs, giving code summaries, and suggesting fixes. With AI tools, coding gets easier, so the big-brain techies can tackle the real head-scratchers. Wessel sums it up: AI’s like magic, and as Clarke said, super tech kinda looks like magic.