AI-generated images of humans aren’t exactly a new concept. But now they are available for the first time under license. VAIsual and PantherMedia have announced the availability of a legal license for 100% synthetically generated stock images.
VAIsual is a technology company pioneering algorithms and solutions for generating high-quality synthetic media. It was founded by Michael Osterrieder and Nico Menijes, along with business industry veterans Istvan Novak and Mark Milstein. Together with Panther Media GmbH, Germany’s leading microstock photo agency, the company now offers licensed images of AI-generated humans.
VAIsual’s synthetic human portrait library is available for download at Smarterpix. Since each frame is generated with a green screen, you can merge these synthetic elements with real photos in the background to create the results you need.
Some photos are very believable. However, you won’t see many smiling faces. There’s no reason given behind this, but I guess it’s because AI often fails to faithfully generate human teeth. On the other hand, some images are a bit… Well, unfinished.
“Our portrait library contains an ever-growing volume of diverse faces, ages, ethnicities and genders,” Osterrieder said. “We are actively working on our next phase of development and will soon begin generating full-body images of humans.”
The advantage of these AI-generated portraits is that they do not require model release. Thus, they can be used in any context and for any purpose. The first thing that comes to mind are the portraits of people writing testimonials on various websites. Since these testimonials are usually fake with a stock photo next to them, it will be perfect to also include photos of fake and non-existent people. But of course, these AI portraits can also find their application in all kinds of commercial images.
On the other hand, not all apps are useful or harmless. The AI-generated portraits could be used in all sorts of scams, to create fake profiles, spread fake news, and more. For example, remember when Facebook took down nearly a thousand fake profiles, pages, and groups? All have used AI-generated imagery to push mostly right-wing political campaigns.
Overall, there are two sides to every coin, and this one is no exception. Still, if the AI-generated images really find their usefulness, hopefully they’ll be more helpful than harmful.