It’s not just the most awaited movie of the year – Avatar – Part 2 that is trending. But also magic avatars generated from AI-art apps such as Lensa AI are going viral on social media. Powered by the open-source Stable Diffusion platform, this app allows users to turn their selfies into magic avatars.
Following the popularity of this app, the top three spots on the US app store are all held by AI photo editors. And, that includes Lensa AI at the top position followed by AI Art Image Generator and Dawn- AI Avatars.
Lately, AI Art has witnessed widespread adoption with around 1.7 million global installs from December 1 through 11, (up 229% from the 71,000 it saw from November 20 through 30). In fact, 8 out of the top 100 apps by downloads on the U.S. App Store were AI art apps during the same period.
AI app demand is not limited to the App Store. Many of the same apps are trending on Google Play, too. Besides, WhatsApp also recently rolled out a personalized avatar feature that enables users to set it up as a profile picture.
Generally, AI apps like these are trained on huge libraries of vision datasets. The program then picks out consistent patterns and themes in these images to generate something that matches the users’ prompt.
That being said, numerous controversies are emerging over this specific AI use case due to its ethical implications. However, for the time being, those concerns don’t seem to dampen consumer interest in this growing category.
It sure seems like avatars and AI art are everywhere and taking the world by storm.