Weekly AI #22
Welcome to the 22nd edition of Weekly AI! This issue deviates slightly from my usual topics. Instead, I focus exclusively on my personal AI/Web3 project, an experiment intertwining technology, psychology, and sociology. While deeply rooted in AI and Web3, the Web3 component isn't fully manifest. In this article, I aim to shed light on it. So, find a comfy spot, sip your preferred beverage, and let’s delve into the realms of AI and Web3. Today, I will guide you through my perspective, aptly dubbed #LifeThroughAIEyes.
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A Year in Pixels: How AI & Web3 Transformed My Everyday Life
Long-time readers might recall that in January this year, I unveiled my project, "The Art of Life: Through the Eyes of AI."
To refresh your memory, the project aims to depict my life as a typical one living in a European country, balancing a 9-to-5 job, family commitments, and a passion for AI, Crypto, and the overarching Web3 ideology.
You can track the project's evolution on my X Twitter profile.
I maintain a daily diary. Using these entries, I formulate prompts, some brief, others detailed. These prompts are fed into a Generative AI, primarily Midjourney, which produces four distinct images. The project's allure lies in the unpredictable outcomes of the generative AI. Though it has consistent features, the resulting images often surprise, reflecting events of a particular day. But I’ll let you be the judge.
Given the project's span and the sheer volume of over 240 images, I've consolidated them into videos for the purpose of this text. These short films portray my life, month-by-month, from January 2023 to the end of July, all through AI's lens.
Before we proceed, an update: responding to queries about the day's events inspires specific images. A while ago, I added a feature. Now, when you spot a post on platform X (previously Twitter) around 20:00 CET titled "Day xxx through the eyes of AI." and wish to know its backstory, comment with #LifeThroughAIEyes. In return, I'll DM you a diary snippet detailing that day's events. However, I request your discretion. Please don't share the DM's content to preserve others' experiences.
Now, you might be curious about this project's Web3 connection. I invite you to first view the video compiling all the AI-generated images since the project's start. Some may speculate what's next, but I’ll address that soon.
So, what ties this project to Web3? This endeavor produces an array of content: 365 daily images and an extensive journal. While several Web3 definitions abound, I'm drawn to its decentralization and blockchain facets.
Definition of Web3:
"Web3 represents the internet's next phase, emphasizing decentralization. It aims to empower users through blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs. Constructed on decentralized blockchains, Web3 is still evolving. Its primary features include decentralization, user empowerment, and holistic internet interaction."
Expanding on these, my project is set to grow. Here's a teaser: Once platform X's last post appears on 31 Dec, 2023, It will transition to the subsequent phase.
To answer a prevalent question - yes, the project will involve NFTs. All 365 images will transform into NFTs. Each will be unique, accompanied by metadata showcasing its creation date and a diary snippet. I am committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to these unique NFTs, particularly those who have been integral to this journey. In a gesture of gratitude and to emphasize my stance on decentralization, these NFTs will be minted for free. My ambition is not monetary gain. Instead, I wish to reward those loyal followers and engaged commenters who have steadfastly accompanied me throughout this adventure. I need to acknowledge and thank them for their unwavering support. My deepest hope is for these images and their accompanying stories to inspire, entertain, and deeply resonate with each holder, celebrating the multifaceted wonders of life.
I'm still in the process of determining the exact distribution mechanics for the NFTs. However, keeping in line with our discussions, I assure you that the method will hinge on the previously highlighted principles.
I envision this project as a cornerstone for a budding community enthusiastic about Web3, AI, and their impact on our lives. As we near this phase's end, linked to the daily AI-rendered images from my life, I'll unveil further plans.
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Until our next digital adventure,