The NFT market’s claim to fame is undoubtedly the Bored Apes Yacht Club yet someone is offering endless free versions of these rare collectibles, thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Yannic Kilcher, a machine learning expert has developed an AI that generates an infinite number of unique apes for free. The Bored Apes is a collection of around 10000 Bored Apes NFTs, which merely comprise different variations of ape images. Still, it has become the face of NFTs, which are extremely expensive and, to be honest, quite funny.
Details of the Process
Kilcher uploaded a video on YouTube to explain the process of ape generation using Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to the video, the AI uses the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) technique, and the procedure involves using two neural networks.
One of these networks is used to generate an image, and the other differentiates the image from an actual image to determine which is fake. Over time, the generator can create images that could easily pass as authentic. In the end, the generator can produce pretty convincing fake apes.
Kilcher scraped the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection in his YouTube video, trained Nvidia’s StyleGAN2 neural network on the dataset, and created near-perfect and fungible bored apes.
“The quality of my system is not very good, there are often visible artifacts.”
According to TNW, the app can generate apes based on user-provided images. It harnesses OpenAI Clip of the same model that powers the DALL-E 2 image generator. The generated images appear starkly similar to the actual NFT collection. Kilcher noted that a particular ape could be generated once only with this AI. You will get a different, unique ape as you refresh the page.
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