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Issue #22

Midjourney’s Game-Changing Updates: What You Need to Know

Get ready folks, because Midjourney’s recent Office Hours dropped some serious knowledge bombs about the future of AI image generation:

  • Meet ‘Vary (Region)’: The Inpainting Powerhouse This feature is now LIVE! Think of it as Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill, but powered by Midjourney’s magic. Tweak specific sections of your images with seamless results. For a visual rundown, check out this comparison [insert link].

  • Midjourney V5.3: The Hype is Real While it didn’t bring inpainting as some predicted, something big is brewing. Stay tuned – those upgrades could be just around the corner.

  • V6: Coming Soon-ish (and It’s Going to Be Huge!) While no release dates were given, the Midjourney team confirmed that the next major version is in the works.

  • Website Overhaul: It’s Almost Here! A revamped and user-friendly web experience is on the horizon, but they’re still keeping us in suspense about the exact launch date.

  • Video & 3D: The Future is…Moving? Midjourney is officially venturing beyond still images! Prepare for mind-blowing AI-powered video and 3D capabilities.

How to Use ‘Vary (Region)’

  • Find it in your upscaling options.
  • Select the area you want to change within the editor.
  • Unleash your creativity with a new prompt.
  • Click the arrow and watch the magic unfold!

The Takeaway: Midjourney isn’t slowing down! This latest round of updates promises even greater control and a whole new dimension of AI-fueled creativity. Are you ready to level up your image generation game?



AI Insider 📰

  1. All the industry news brought to us by OpenAI.
    • OpenAI proposes the use of GPT-4 for content moderation.
    • OpenAI has acquired Global Illumination, a New York startup focused on AI-driven creative tools. According to the announcement, it appears that the entire team has joined OpenAI to focus on core products like ChatGPT.
    • And just 2 days ago they announced ChatGPT Enterprise, which promises enterprise-grade security and privacy. It’s a very strategic move by OpenAI, aiming to “change” the name it has around data protection.
    • Along with all this, an article from Analytics India Magazine talking about OpenAI’s upcoming bankruptcy in 2024 went viral. This speculation was based on the daily operating costs that ChatGPT has ($700K) and the decline in users it seemed to have during the summer months.
  2. YouTube announced a partnership with Universal Music as part of its Music AI Incubator program to be launched. The announcement was relatively vague, but from what we understand the goal of the program is to explore how AI can be used responsibly in the music industry. Nilay Patel has done an excellent breakdown of this, which we recommend reading.
  3. Would it be Sleed AI weekly if we didn’t have at least one announcement from Meta? This week we do:
    • Code Llama a fine-tuned version of Llama 2, which specializes in code generation. And of course it’s free for research and commercial use.
    • SeamlessM4T→multilingualmultimodal AI model for translation and transcription. It can do speech-to-text, speech-to-speech, text-to-speech, and text-to-text translation for up to 100 languages, depending on the task.
  4. In addition to rebranding, the friendly Perplexity also announced a partnership with Anthropic. Now Perplexity Pro subscribers can choose between Claude 2 and GPT-4.
  5. TikTok now requires users to tag videos that have AI-generated “realistic scenes”.
  6. 70 of the top 1,000 websites decided to block GPTbot (OpenAI’s crawler). Among them are the New York Times, Amazon, Disney, Quora and WikiHow.

Learning Bytes 🧐

  1. Members of the US Congress attended an AI crash course at Stanford to better understand how to manage AI.
  2. Stephen Thaler tried to get copyright for an AI image he created with the Creativity Machine algorithm he developed, but his request was denied, as according to Federal Judge Howell only humans can have copyrights.
  3. According to a new report from LinkedIn since ChatGPT was released the people skills that are in the highest demand. To illustrate:
    • Flexibility (+158%)
    • Professional ethics (+120%)
    • Social perceptiveness (+118%)
    • Self-management (83%)
  4. An interesting paper explaining how AI detectors are biased towards those who speak English as a foreign language.
  5. Apparently bots, are better at solving CAPTCHA tests than humans. The irony is not lost
  6. More and more peer-reviewed scientific papers are being written in AI.

Cool Finds 🤯

Team of neuroscientists at Berkley did reconstruct song from brain recordings using AI!



See you next week! 💚




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