AI Headshots Sorta Work
I gave AI headshots a try and it’s not bad. Some are quite good, but I’d call it a 7/10 over all. I made and attached a grid of the results, but I mixed in one real picture. Any guesses?
The hardest part was that it required 10-20 selfies with different backgrounds and outfits, but since I don’t take a lot of selfies I had to run around my house finding backgrounds and changing clothes for 30 minutes to generate enough training data!
As I said over on LinkedIn, I think this can be useful and while some pictures were flat out not me, there are a bunch that are usable enough for press releases, conference headshots, or social media profile pictures. It could also be usable if you wanted a remote team to all have pictures from the same style and “place” if that kind of thing mattered to you.
Studio71 Germany has recently launched not one but two virtual influencers and they’ve done a great job with the implementation and marketing around this project (disclosure: I am the global CTO of Studio71). I’ve been thinking about it a lot and on the one hand this idea of a “fake” or “virtual” influencers comes and goes over the years and every time it comes back we all like to pretend that it’s a crazy idea.Read more
I’ve been experimenting as a TikTok (and YouTube Shorts) creator. Let me explain. I recently shot a home office tour (thanks to my daughter Molly who was my camera operator) but when I started to edit it I just didn’t love it. I might still release it, but what I was inspired to do instead was to make a bunch of little videos showing off one specific thing in my office rather than a long video going over everything at a high level.Read more
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