The Current Absurd State of Generating AI Images

5 Sept 202315:52

TLDRThe video discusses the rapid advancements in AI-generated images and their growing popularity, as evidenced by the success of an AI-rendered Instagram model with 2.7 million followers. It explores the evolution of AI image generation from incomprehensible images to ultra-realistic faces, and the potential for AI to surpass human imagination in creating visuals. The script delves into various AI models, including Laura and its variations like LoCon and LoHa, which offer improved identity preservation and style combination. It also touches on the use of tools like After Detailer and ControlNet Tile to refine images, and the challenges of prompt balance in image generation. The video highlights the release of SDXL by Stability AI, which, despite its high resolution and fine-tuning capabilities, faces challenges in adoption due to its resource demands. It concludes with a discussion on the potential for AI models to be misled by user ratings favoring aesthetic appeal over detail accuracy, and an introduction to as a platform for learning STEM fields, including AI and machine learning.


  • 📈 The popularity of AI-generated images has surged, with an AI influencer on Instagram amassing 2.7 million followers, showcasing the potential of current technology.
  • 🚀 AI image generation has improved significantly in recent months, raising questions about the efforts of those managing fake AI influencer accounts.
  • 🎨 The evolution of AI models, such as Laura, has led to the creation of more aesthetic and detailed images, with the ability to learn specific characteristics from a handful of training images.
  • 🌐 The development of model mixes and merges, along with the introduction of methods like Locon and Loja, have expanded the capabilities of AI in generating diverse and high-quality images.
  • 🔍 Locon and Loja are variations of Laura that have shown potential in better identity preservation and style combination, respectively, though their adoption has been slow due to various factors.
  • 🛠️ Tools like After Detailer and ControlNet Tile are used to enhance specific features of AI-generated images, such as faces and hands, and to upscale images with relevant details.
  • 📊 Dynamic thresholding and latent coupling techniques help manage large canvases and ensure prompts do not interfere with each other in the image generation process.
  • 🔧 The release of SDXL by Stability AI represents a significant leap in AI image generation, offering higher resolution and better fine-tuning capabilities, albeit with current limitations in accessibility and speed.
  • 🌌 SDXL's pseudo photorealism uses the bokeh effect to blur backgrounds, which can influence model evaluation and user perception of image quality, potentially leading to a misdirection in AI model development.
  • 🔗 The fine-tuning of SDXL shows promise, with early results indicating high accuracy in learning faces or subjects, offering hope for future developments in AI-generated content.
  • ⚙️ Focus, a new GUI designed for SDXL, aims to optimize the generation process by limiting user control and focusing on producing high-quality images with minimal prompts.

Q & A

  • What is the current state of AI-generated images and how has it evolved over the past few years?

    -AI-generated images have evolved significantly, from initially producing incomprehensible images to now generating ultra-realistic faces and entire scenes with lighting, shadows, and even camera lens effects from just text prompts. The technology has advanced to the point where it can create images that are not only visually convincing but also aesthetically pleasing.

  • What is the significance of the 'model mixes' in AI image generation?

    -Model mixes involve combining the best aspects of different AI models to create a new model that is stronger and more capable of generating aesthetically pleasing images. This technique allows for the learning of specific characteristics about style, face type, clothing, or any other describable feature with just a few training images.

  • How does the AI model 'Laura' differ from 'Tech Show Inversion' in terms of image generation?

    -Laura understands the connection between concepts and trigger words, allowing it to edit the generating noise, making it versatile and applicable with any model. In contrast, Tech Show Inversion translates trigger words into numbers for the model to use, which limits its effectiveness outside the model it was trained on.

  • What are some of the advanced techniques used to improve the quality of AI-generated images?

    -Advanced techniques include using tools like After Detailer to improve major features of the image, Control Net to upscale images in different tiles with text prompts, and Dynamic Thresholding to achieve a higher CFG scale. These methods help in generating more detailed and higher resolution images.

  • What is the role of 'SDXL' in the future of AI-generated images?

    -SDXL, released by Stability AI, is a significant upgrade from previous models. It is capable of generating highly realistic images with a base resolution of 1024 by 1024 and includes a refiner for built-in image detail enhancement. However, its large size and high VRAM requirements make it less accessible for most users.

  • How does the 'bokeh effect' contribute to the photorealism of AI-generated images?

    -The bokeh effect is used to create a sense of depth of field by blurring the background of an image. This effect can make AI-generated images appear more photorealistic by camouflaging artifacts or bad details, which might otherwise detract from the image's overall quality.

  • What are the challenges faced by new AI models like 'SDXL' in terms of adoption and optimization?

    -New models like SDXL face challenges such as compatibility with existing open-source GUIs, the need for optimization to run efficiently on systems with less VRAM, and the difficulty of finding the right fine-tuning parameters, especially for large and resource-intensive models.

  • How does the 'Focus' GUI differ from other pre-existing GUIs for running SDXL?

    -Focus is a GUI specifically designed for SDXL that aims to run the model optimally and generate good images with minimal user control. It incorporates state-of-the-art image generation techniques and automates aspects like choosing Samplers or CFG values, making it user-friendly for newcomers.

  • What are the potential drawbacks of relying on user ratings for model evaluation in AI image generation?

    -User ratings can lead to a bias towards aesthetically pleasing styles of image generation, even if the model is not necessarily good at generating accurate details. This can result in a misdirection of the AI model, focusing on generating images that are rated highly by users rather than improving on realistic detail generation.

  • How does the 'Locon' model variation differ from the original 'Laura'?

    -Locon, short for Laura for convolutional layer, trains not only the Transformer block but also the res block. This allows Locon to maintain more details from the original reference image compared to Laura, leading to a better identity preservation mechanism.

  • What is the 'Loha' model variation and how does it improve upon 'Laura'?

    -Loha combines two Laura models using the Hadamard product, theoretically offering better expressiveness. It is particularly adept at combining styles with characters, making it more effective at training style aspects than Laura or Locon.

  • Why might the advancements in AI image generation be concerning in terms of authenticity and deception?

    -The ability to generate highly realistic and detailed images using AI raises concerns about authenticity, as it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and AI-generated content. This can lead to deception, where people might inadvertently trust or invest in content that is not genuine.



🌟 The Rise of AI Influencers and Image Generation

This paragraph discusses the growing popularity of artificial influencers, particularly an Instagram model with 2.7 million followers generated through AI. It highlights the evolution of AI image generation from incomprehensible images to ultra-realistic faces, and the potential for AI startups to create even more influential AI personalities. The text also delves into the advancements in model mixes, the introduction of 'Laura,' a method for fine-tuning AI models to learn specific characteristics, and the emergence of new variations like 'LoCon' and 'LoHa,' which are expected to become popular due to their improved identity preservation and expressiveness.


🔍 Speculations on AI Image Generation Dominance

The second paragraph explores why certain AI models like Laura have not yet dominated the AI image generation scene despite their potential. It suggests that the differences between models may not be significant enough to drive conversion, the challenges of installing new systems, and the preference for sticking with established models that have more resources and support. The paragraph also touches on the distinction between Laura and Textual Inversion, the complexity of the 'text to image' process with the addition of various extensions, and the use of tools like After Detailer and Control Net Tile to refine AI-generated images. It concludes with a discussion about the release of SDXL by Stability AI and its potential to revolutionize AI image generation, although it currently struggles with performance on systems with less than 8 GB of VRAM.


📈 Evaluating AI Model Performance and the Impact of Aesthetics

This section of the script considers the evaluation of AI models based on user ratings and the potential for bias towards models that aesthetically please users but may not be as technically proficient in generating details. It raises concerns that AI models might be misdirected by user feedback favoring certain styles of image generation, leading to a focus on superficial qualities like the bokeh effect rather than the accuracy of details. The paragraph also discusses the recommended resolutions for generating images with SDXL and its exceptional fine-tuning capabilities. Early test results are promising, and the potential for future improvements with extensions like Open Pose and Candy Edge Control Net is highlighted. The text also mentions the challenges of optimizing and training large models and the slow pace of development due to the difficulty in finding the right fine-tuning parameters.


🚀 The Future of AI Image Generation and Learning Resources

The final paragraph of the script focuses on the future of AI image generation with the advent of models like SDXL and the potential for further optimization. It introduces 'Focus,' a new GUI designed specifically for SDXL that prioritizes optimal operation and generating high-quality images with minimal user control. The paragraph also discusses the impressive speed and performance of SDXL on systems with 6GB VRAM. The script concludes with a sponsorship message for, a platform for learning STEM subjects, particularly useful for those interested in AI and machine learning. The offer includes a free 30-day experience and a discount for the first 200 sign-ups. The video ends with a call to action for feedback and a thank you to supporters.



💡Artificial Influencer

An artificial influencer refers to a digital or virtual personality created using AI and computer graphics, often used for social media influence and marketing. In the video, it is mentioned that these influencers have become so popular that even an Instagram model with 2.7 million followers is a rendered image superimposed on a real person. This concept is central to the video's theme, which explores the advancements and implications of AI-generated images.

💡AI Generated Images

AI generated images are visual outputs created by artificial intelligence algorithms, often from textual descriptions. The video discusses the evolution of these images from incomprehensible to ultra-realistic, noting how they can now include detailed elements like lighting, shadows, and camera lens effects. This is a core concept as the entire video revolves around the development and impact of AI in image generation.

💡Model Mixes

Model mixes refer to the combination of different AI models to create a new model that leverages the strengths of its components. The video explains that these mixes can generate high-quality images by blending the best features of the constituent models. This concept is significant as it represents a method for enhancing the capabilities of AI in image generation.

💡Locon and Lola

Locon (Laura for Convolutional layer) and Lola (Lohamander product) are variations of the AI model 'Laura' that have been fine-tuned for specific purposes. Locon trains both the Transformer block and the res block for better identity preservation in images, while Lola combines two Laura models for enhanced expressiveness. These terms are important as they highlight the advancements in AI model customization for image generation.

💡Textual Inversion

Textual inversion is a technique used in AI image generation where the trigger word is translated into numbers that the model can use to generate an image. The video contrasts this with 'Laura,' which understands the connection between the concept and the trigger word. This keyword is significant as it represents a different approach to AI image generation.

💡After Detailer

After Detailer is an automatic painting tool used to improve major features of an AI-generated image, such as the face, hands, and body. It is mentioned in the context of further enhancing the quality of images after the main image has been generated. This tool exemplifies the level of detail and refinement possible with current AI image generation technology.

💡Control Net

Control Net is an image super-resolution model that upscales images in different tiles with the assistance of text prompts, allowing it to generate relevant details for a larger image. The video discusses its role in improving the quality of AI-generated images, particularly when dealing with larger canvases that require more detail.

💡Dynamic Thresholding

Dynamic thresholding is a technique used to allow users to obtain a higher CFG scale, which helps the AI create images more in line with the input prompt without deviating too much. It is mentioned as a method to balance the level of detail and adherence to the prompt in AI-generated images.

💡Latent Coupling

Latent coupling is a method where an image is separated into different regions and prompted accordingly. This allows for more precise control over the generation of different parts of an image. The concept is relevant to the video's discussion on how to manage complex prompts without causing interference between different subjects.


SDXL, released by Stability AI, is a new base model for AI-generated images that operates at a resolution of 1024 by 1024 and includes a refiner for adding image details. The video discusses how SDXL represents a significant upgrade from previous models and has the potential to change the landscape of AI image generation. However, it also notes the challenges of running SDXL on computers with less than 8 GB of VRAM.

💡Focus UI

Focus UI is a new type of graphical user interface designed specifically for SDXL. It aims to run SDXL optimally and generate good images with minimal user control, which is a contrast to other GUIs that offer more customization options. The introduction of Focus UI is significant as it represents an effort to make SDXL more accessible to users who may not have the technical expertise to fine-tune the model themselves.


Artificial influencer popularity has grown significantly, with an Instagram model amassing 2.7 million followers.

AI-generated images have improved drastically in recent months, raising questions about the potential for AI influencer accounts.

The evolution of AI image generation from incomprehensible images to ultra-realistic faces in just two years.

Current AI technology can generate images with realistic lighting, shadows, color, and camera lens effects from text alone.

Model mixes, combining the best models to create stronger and more aesthetically pleasing images.

The introduction of 'Laura,' an AI model that can learn specific characteristics about a style, face type, or clothing.

The 'licorice' method, an AI fine-tuning technique named after an anime, gaining popularity in the AI community.

Two notable Laura variations, 'locon' and 'loha,' which may become popular for their improved identity preservation and style combination.

The dominance of Laura in the AI scene despite the existence of potentially superior methods due to its longer presence and established resources.

The difference between Laura and Textual Inversion in understanding the connection between concepts and trigger words.

The complexity of text-to-image generation, now involving text plus multiple extensions for improved image quality.

The use of tools like After Detailer and ControlNet Tile to enhance specific features and upscale images with text prompts.

The release of SDXL by Stability AI, offering a significant upgrade from previous models with built-in image detail addition.

The challenge of running SDXL on computers with less than 8 GB of VRAM and the slow generation speed compared to SD 1.5.

The potential misdirection of AI models towards styles that are aesthetically pleasing but not necessarily good at generating details.

The fine-tuning capabilities of SDXL, which learns faces or subjects with high accuracy, offering hope for future developments.

The emergence of Focus, a new GUI designed for optimal running and image generation with SDXL, prioritizing simplicity for newcomers.

The potential for further optimization of SDXL and the development of extensions to match the capabilities of SD 1.5.

The sponsorship message highlighting as a platform for learning STEM fields, including AI and machine learning.