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The AI that can draw anything in any style

Will images replace words? Until now, pictures of all kinds have been slow and expensive to make. Now, artificial intelligence can make amazing visuals in the flash of an eye.  A horse in space. A panda on a bike. A koala playing basketball. You’re not dreaming. This is the future of photography. DALL-E 2 is an amazing new AIA computer programme that has been designed to think. . It makes pictures that look like real photos or paintings. Its designers say this is an "important step" toward human-like Artificial General IntelligenceThe hypothetical ability of AI to learn or understand any task that a human can. . “Vision and language are both key parts of human intelligence,” says researcher Prafulla Dhariwal. DALL-E 2 sees “the world the way we do”. Our most important sense is sight. We use half our brain to process images. And we make more pictures than ever. Every day, we share more than 3 billion photos online. As technology makes it easier to create and share photos, are images replacing the language of words? Humans were making pictures long before writing. The oldest cave paintings are at least 45,500 years old. Writing is only 5,000 years old. And most people could not read until after the invention of the printing pressThe first movable type printing press was built in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg. The first major printed work was the Gutenberg Bible.  in 1439. Psychologist Piotr Winkielman says images have a greater impact on us than words. In his experiments, a picture flashing on a screen can change someone's mood. “But people were not swayed by emotional words.” Some say this is why words are important. They make us think and not just feel. Most online "information still comes from text and that’s unlikely to change,” says expert Paolo Gaudiano. We need words to help us understand the world. The expression “the camera never lies” has been around since the invention of photographyThe oldest surviving photograph is called View from the Window at Le Gras and was created by French inventor Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. . But it’s never been true. People have always told lies with pictures, from the Cottingley FairiesFive hoax photos of fairies taken in the 1910s by two cousins living near Bradford, England. The author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle believed they were genuine. to AI-generated deepfakesThis technique uses artificial intelligence to change the identity of a person in an image or a video — or to make it appear that a person is saying or doing something that they never said or did. . DALL-E 2’s designers say users will not be able to create photos of real people. For now, only a few trusted users can use DALL-E 2. But this powerful new technology will soon be available for everyone. Will images replace words? Art-ificial Yes: We are sharing pictures and emojis instead of words. The Internet is making a universal visual language universal. It is bringing people together in a way words cannot.

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