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Q&A on AI-Generated Media

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00:00 Self-introduction by Eryk Salvaggio

Precursors to today's image generators

01:30 Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)

06:45 Bias in datasets

Only 2-3% of faces in NVIDIA’s model trained on Flickr portraits are Black women.

Diffusion models

09:00 Diffusion models

For more explanation, see Salvaggio's video Flowers Blooming Backward Into Noise

Malicious uses of AI

12:35 Have you ever used AI with evil intent?

16:22 Can AI models be tricked into bad behavior?

Recent and future AI progress

19:42 Will AI will continue to progress quickly or reach a plateau?

23:16 Why does AI generate strange hands and faces?

AI plagiarism and profit

28:24 Is it legal to copyright and profit from an AI-generated image?

Getty Images is suing Stable Diffusion for 12M illegal downloads at $150,000 per violation--over a trillion dollars.

34:59 How could AI accelerate affect propaganda? Are there ways to detect or stop such deepfakes?

41:38 Will fake Rap and other AI-generated songs benefit or imperil the music industry?

46:17 How are people using generative AI to make money, and is this good or bad?

"The biggest place I see people making money off AI right now is talking about all the stuff it's supposed to be able to do." --Salvaggio

This presentation was recorded by the University of Maine's New Media program. For more information, contact ude.eniam@otiloppij.

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Slide from Eryk Salvaggio presentation

The conversation is led by interdisciplinary design researcher and new media artist Eryk Salvaggio, who has taught at the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Bradley University. Once dubbed "the Harry Potter of the Digital Vanguard" thanks to his early renown as a digital artist, he holds a Masters in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Applied Cybernetics from the Australian National University. The conversation is moderated by Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media, director of the Digital Curation program, and co-founder of UMaine's larger Learning With AI initiative.

This webinar took place on 1 November 2023 and is sponsored by the University of Maine's New Media program, which teaches animation, digital storytelling, gaming, music, physical computing, video, and web and app development. Learn more about New Media's hands-on webinars.

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