The text-to-image generator powered by AI from the tech and search giant is called Google Imagen. In a research paper and website that display capabilities strikingly similar to those of tools like DALL-E 2, Google announced the tool in May.
Through its AI Test Kitchen, it has now made two restricted portions of the platform available to the general public in beta.
As major tech titans enter the ring, the competition between AI art generators has heated up. While DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion, and Mid Journey currently dominate the market, Microsoft, Meta, and Google have all hinted at the arrival of text-to-image (or text-to-video) tools.
With the release of a proof-of-concept paper and a website showcasing some of the tool's output, Google first gave us a glimpse of Imagen, its AI image generator, back in May. It has only recently made a few, oddly specialized features of the tool available to the general public.
Imagen is a potent AI text-to-image art generator that can transform written prompts into convincing images. It was developed in Google's AI Test Kitchen.
It can compete with the best AI art generators, according to the results so far, which have caused a lot of controversy because of their increasingly convincing results and worries about copyright, abuse, and the future of artists' jobs.
Despite the controversy, a number of powerful tech companies have entered the market, seemingly letting the genie out of the bottle. It appears that Microsoft Designer will provide what resembles AI clip art.