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Instant Videos Could Represent the Next Leap in A.I. Technology

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A.I. video generated by Runways software that depicts a cow at a birthday party.

Systems like the one Runway has created could, in time, replace editing skills with the press of a button. Runway’s technology generates videos from any short description.

Credit: Runway AI Inc.

Ian Sansavera, a software architect at a New York start-up called Runway AI, typed a short description of what he wanted to see in a video. "A tranquil river in the forest," he wrote.

Less than two minutes later, an experimental internet service generated a short video of a tranquil river in a forest. The river's running water glistened in the sun as it cut between trees and ferns, turned a corner and splashed gently over rocks.

Runway, which plans to open its service to a small group of testers this week, is one of several companies building artificial intelligence technology that will soon let people generate videos simply by typing several words into a box on a computer screen.

They represent the next stage in an industry race — one that includes giants like Microsoft and Google as well as much smaller start-ups — to create new kinds of artificial intelligence systems that some believe could be the next big thing in technology, as important as web browsers or the iPhone.

From The New York Times
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