AI image generator Midjourney is available in a new alpha version. The neural network now focuses on more information about creatures or places, recognizes fine details better, and processes more complex clues. V4 can also handle scenes with multiple objects and characters.
David Holtz, CEO of Midjourney, says that V4 has received a completely new codebase and AI architecture. This is the first model trained on the Midjourney AI supercluster, developed over the past nine months.
Holtz describes V4 as the first step towards “something deep and incomprehensible.” He previously predicted a bright future for such neural networks, including AI-assisted video game generation within the next ten years.
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Midjourney V4 can create more realistic images, so the principles of use will become stricter. Anyone who explicitly tries to bypass the list of forbidden words in the tooltip is at risk of being banned.
Overall, V4 will also require a completely new way of wording hints. The remix function, that is, the ability to further edit AI-generated images, is also included in the updated version.
Among the limitations of the alpha version, only a square aspect ratio is currently allowed. In the future, developers will work on improving the resolution and quality of images, adding scale and sharpness settings.
Shortly after the release of V4, Midjourney announced several more updates that focused primarily on the web interface:
images can be sorted into collections; collections and highly rated images appear at the top of the profile; profiles can be customized by changing the username and images; widescreen mode, preview and filters added to the interface; added the ability to batch publish / delete; Additionally, you can configure the size of the batch download.
In August 2022, Midjourney had several hundred thousand clients generating millions of images per day across approximately 10,000 servers. Despite the huge size of the project, Midjourney only had about ten employees.
Source: The Decoder