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What can AI generate today?

What can AI generate today

Each creative process starts with a learning phase. It is true for us humans and it also applies to digital content generation.

Artificial Intelligence must be trained, feeding ML models with huge datasets. Then it can start improvising either to reproduce acquired patterns or to come up with fully original pieces, depending on the desired output.

Even if your app project isn’t per se a creative endeavour, it’s good to know what AI can generate today to see how you can leverage its creative opportunities where it can be most effective. 

AI can create music pieces

Machine Learning enabled music researchers to train generative models with hundreds of years of music production. 

The AI could then compose brand new orchestral pieces. See for instance this symphony created by AIVA in 2017 as an opening for the National Day celebrations in Luxembourg.

AI can generate human faces

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This person does not exist woman

None of the people pictured in this section are real. They do not exist. 

They were created using a GAN (generative adversarial network) trained to come up with original data sharing some statistics with the training set, to look at least superficially real to human observers. 

If you upload these photos to Google Image Reversed Search, you won’t get any results, even if those faces look “familiar”. 

You can see other examples of non-existing people on

This process has been used by to build a library of 1M+ AI generated photos, which can be purchased (royalty-free) as any other “real” stock content. 

Their site is already ranking for 10K+ organic queries in Google Top 100 USA, incl. female/male model requests. It shows the SEO potential of AI-generated content.

Source: ahrefs

AI can create full bodies

datagrid ai fashion models
Source: Datagrid

Beyond mugshots, AI can also be trained to generate full bodies, in an infinite variety of poses, which can be used as a perfect alternative to real fashion models.  

The technique, also based on GANs, was pioneered by the Japanese company DataGrid in 2019. 

They also offer co-creation tools for cartoon characters animation. 

AI can record (deep fake) videos

The ultimate level in AI-powered multimedia content generation is of course the deep fakes we’ve recently seen in our social feeds, both as a powerful demonstration of AI capabilities and as warning against potential misuses. 

This technique can be applied for good or evil purposes. On the positive side, you can leverage this process to generate engaging customer support videos and other forms of learning material. 

Yumi is a hyper realistic avatar developed by Japanese skincare brand SK-II. The use of digital influencers is still in its infancy but the fast advances in video and language generation will probably accelerate the multiplication of these engineered collaborators.

AI can create art

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Image manipulation using Deep Dream Generator

You might have already played Quick, Draw!, an AI-powered version of Pictionary developed by Google (if not, give it a try, it’s much fun). 

This is a good example of real time computer vision advances, trained with millions of doodles hand drawn by human contributors. 

The next level is art generation.

You can transform any random photo into an art piece using Deep Dream Generator.

See for instance what our Managing Director looks like in the style of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Aida (video) is a robot artist invented by gallery director Aidan Meller. She’s equipped with a mechanical arm designed at Leeds University and powered by algorithms developed in Oxford.

In October 2018, a painting titled “Portrait of Edmond de Belamy”, generated by an algorithm developed by Obvious, a Paris-based collective, sold for $432,500 at Christie’s

Which raised the philosophical question of creative ownership. Who’s the author? The algorithm (trained with 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th & 20th century) or the masterminds behind it, Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier

Portrait of Edmond Belamy AI painting
Source: Edmond de Belamy, by Obvious

AI can generate text

Open AI text generation GPT2
Source: OpenAI

Trained with huge editorial datasets dating back to the early days of writing, artificial Intelligence can generate fluid original texts from a simple prompt, as demonstrated by OpenAI’s algorithm GPT-2

In the authors’ own words, the model is “capable of generating samples from a variety of prompts that feel close to human quality and show coherence over a page or more of text.”

You can test the process on Talk To Transformer. Try for instance this prompt “Robots can become our best friends or our worst enemies.”. You will get some interesting results 😉 

We’re not yet at a point where computers are able to craft 500-page long novels but they can already be used as a very effective assistant for content production purposes, as advocated by, a service which facilitates research and writing efforts.  

They can also help you generate the best converting headlines / short notifications. presents itself as a way to “empower your brand with AI-powered copywriting” and Syllabs offers you to “step into the future of content creation”. We’ve seen their tech at work: it can generate thousands of unique descriptions based on a structured content brief. It’s used by press agencies and brands to augment the production capacity of their in-house editorial teams. 

AI-assisted text generation is probably one of the most mature areas in AI-powered content generation, with a very clear ROI proposition.

AI can write code

We have long thought that programmers would be the last professionals to be disrupted by artificial intelligence since they’re the technical parents of the algorithms. 

But it seems than even coding experts could one day be made redundant by self-programming applications

A project funded by Google and DARPA, Bayou, is an AI application using deep learning to generate code by itself!  DeepCoder, developed by Microsoft and Cambridge University, can already build programs consisting of a few lines of code. Ubisoft has designed their own system to facilitate the work of their developers. 

It’s still the early days but we’re definitely moving towards an era of self-programming systems, which will require strong control from human supervisors to avoid the Skynet scenario.  

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