TikTok Tests Generative AI Avatar Creation
TikTok has a NEW generative AI avatar creator! 🤖🎨📷
View thread to see what it can do 👇 pic.twitter.com/TDBbwok6bt
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) April 25, 2023
TikTok has begun testing a generative AI tool for producing synthetic images for a user avatar, with early tester Matt Navarra sharing his experiment with it on Twitter. The new option augments the Avatar feature introduced last year for making custom digital representations of a user with generative AI and its endless variations on a theme and goes a step beyond the text-to-image AI Greenscreen filter for translating text prompts into background images.
TikTok will produce as many as 30 avatar options every day based on between three and ten photos uploaded by the user. After uploading the pictures, TikTok asks the user to pick from two to five style options and displays the results a few minutes later for download or to hare as a profile avatar on TikTok. The same rules for what you can upload to TikTok apply to the synthetic avatar tool, with content moderation enforced. The uploaded photos get deleted soon after the tool runs its course, presumably as a privacy measure.
“We’re always thinking about new ways to add value to the community and enrich the TikTok experience, as we continue to build a safe place that entertains, inspires creativity, and drives culture,” TikTok explained in a statement about the feature. “In a few select regions, we’re experimenting with a new way to create and share profile pictures with the TikTok community.”
Using generative AI to make an online avatar has started to gain traction beyond Lensa and its imitators. Synthetic media developer Stability AI extended the concept with a tool for producing an animated clip from a single still image called Animai. Stability officially launched Ainmai in in partnership with digital collectible platform Revel.xyz.