Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has announced the launch of its new Imagine platform, a suite of tools and services that will allow anyone to create and share generative AI content across its family of apps and devices. Imagine is designed to empower users to unleash their creativity and imagination, using state-of-the-art AI models that can generate realistic images, videos, audio, text, and more.
Generative AI is a branch of artificial intelligence that can create new content from scratch, based on some input or prompt. For example, generative AI can produce a photo of a person that does not exist, a song that has never been heard, a story that has never been written, or a video that has never been filmed. Generative AI can also enhance or modify existing content, such as adding filters, effects, captions, or translations.
Generative AI is important because it can enable new forms of expression, communication, entertainment, and education. It can also help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, health care, and social justice, by providing new insights, perspectives, and solutions. Generative AI can also democratize access to high-quality content, by making it easier and cheaper to produce and distribute.
How Does Imagine Work and What Can It Do?
Imagine is a platform that integrates Meta’s latest generative AI technologies, such as Llama 2, a large language model that can understand and generate natural language, and Meta AI, a new assistant that can interact with users like a person. Imagine also leverages Meta’s existing apps and devices, such as WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Ray-Ban Stories, and Quest 3, to provide a seamless and immersive experience for users.
Imagine can do a variety of things, depending on the user’s needs and preferences. Some of the features and functionalities that Imagine offers are:
- Imagine Art: A tool that can generate realistic and artistic images, based on a text or voice prompt. Users can also customize and edit the images, using filters, stickers, brushes, and other tools. Users can share their creations on Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger, or print them on Meta Shop.
- Imagine Music: A tool that can generate original and personalized music, based on a genre, mood, or theme. Users can also mix and match different tracks, instruments, and vocals, using a simple interface. Users can listen to their music on Spotify, YouTube Music, or Apple Music, or share it on Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger.
- Imagine Stories: A tool that can generate engaging and diverse stories, based on a genre, character, or plot. Users can also collaborate and co-create stories with other users, using a chat interface. Users can read their stories on Meta Books, or listen to them on Meta Podcasts, or watch them on Meta TV.
- Imagine Video: A tool that can generate realistic and high-quality videos, based on a script, storyboard, or voiceover. Users can also edit and enhance the videos, using transitions, effects, subtitles, and other tools. Users can watch their videos on Meta Watch, or share them on Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger.
How to Access and Use Imagine?
Imagine is available to all Meta users, starting from today. Users can access Imagine through a dedicated app, or through a widget on their home screen. Users can also use voice commands, such as “Hey Meta, imagine a…” to activate Imagine. Users can choose from a variety of templates, prompts, and examples, or create their own. Users can also browse and discover other users’ creations, and give feedback, ratings, or tips.
Imagine is free to use, but some features and functionalities may require a subscription or a payment. Meta also offers a premium service, called Imagine Pro, that provides more advanced and customized options, such as access to professional AI models, artists, and mentors, as well as exclusive content and events.
Meta hopes that Imagine will inspire and empower users to explore their creativity and imagination, and to share their generative AI content with the world. Meta also invites users to provide feedback and suggestions, to help improve and enhance Imagine.