AI Image Generator Midjourney Launches a Magazine
Midjourney, one of the hottest AI technology platforms on the planet, has taken the unusual step of getting into print media.
The company has announced it is launching a monthly magazine simply titled Midjourney. The periodical will feature curated artworks from the 10,000 most highly rated images.
“We’re launching a monthly Midjourney magazine! Every issue has interviews, breathtaking images, and of course, prompts,” the company,” the company announced on Twitter. “Join us in celebrating our community’s creativity, imagination, and the increasing manifestation of the human mind.”
Midjourney is charging $4 a month for a subscription but the first month’s edition is free when using the “subscriber” promo code at checkout.
The zine will aim to showcase some of the most eye-catching work currently being generated from its program.
First, we’re launching a monthly Midjourney magazine! Every issue has interviews, breathtaking images, and of course, prompts. Join us in celebrating our community's creativity, imagination, and the increasing manifestation of the human mind. Get it here: https://t.co/EFBeJqd61j pic.twitter.com/ANmEkHaNe8
— Midjourney (@midjourney) March 15, 2023
So far there is little information as to exactly what content will be in the Midjourney, other than images and interviews with creators who use the text-to-image service. Users of the platform will no doubt be interested in the prompts.
It does seem like an unusual move; an extremely modern technology utilizing a media that’s been around since the 17th-century. However, there is much fanfare around Midjourney, and of all the AI image generators it has always leaned toward a particular style, enthralling its user base.
As noted by Forbes, Midjourney announced on Tuesday that it will be using Google Cloud as its infrastructure provider. The company is currently being sued by a trio of artists who accuse it of being a “21st-century collage tool that remixes the copyright works of millions of artists whose work was used as training data.”
Midjourney’s synthesis model was created by doing a scrape of the internet which involved using a “hundred million” images without consent, and that’s according to its founder David Holz.
There remains uncertainty surrounding the legality of models like Midjourney who have undoubtedly used millions of copyrighted photos to build their business.
Another AI image generator, Stable Diffusion, is currently being sued by Getty Images. The photo agency found that users can actually recreate the recognizable Getty watermark on the image generator. The company is seeking up to $150,000 per infringement, or up to $1.8 trillion.