Changelog Interviews Changelog Interviews #506

Stable Diffusion breaks the internet

This week on The Changelog we’re talking about Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, and the impact of AI generated art. We invited our good friend Simon Willison on the show today because he wrote a very thorough blog post titled, “Stable Diffusion is a really big deal.”

You may know Simon from his extensive contributions to open source software. Simon is a co-creator of the Django Web framework (which we don’t talk about at all on this show), he’s the creator of Datasette, a multi-tool for exploring and publishing data (which we do talk about on this show)…most of all Simon is a very insightful thinker, which he puts on display here on this episode. We talk from all the angles of this topic, the technical, the innovation, the future and possibilities, the ethical and the moral – we get into it all. The question is, will this era be known as the initial push back to the machine?


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2022-09-30T04:41:14Z ago

Seriously, this is one of the greatest episodes at Changelog that I ever had listened to.

Jerod Santo

Jerod Santo

Omaha, Nebraska

Jerod co-hosts The Changelog, crashes JS Party, and takes out the trash (his old code) once in awhile.

2022-09-30T16:01:45Z ago

Wow, that’s awesome to hear! Curious, what made it special above & beyond our typical show for you?

2022-09-30T20:34:13Z ago

Because the episode was about some part of technology that really touches the lives of all of us:
I have followed the news about generative AI to some pint over the last months, but your conversation with Simon kind of enlightened me about the chances, threats and consequences this might have for all of us. To some extent, this feels frightening, considering the bad things possible with this technology. So Simon’s call at the end to spread the knowledge about this should really get to all of us “technology guys”.

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