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No Priors Ep. 24 | With Devi Parikh from Meta

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Debbie Parke discusses her journey in computer vision and AI research, focusing on generative AI and machine learning. She emphasizes the importance of human-machine interaction and creative expression through AI. The discussion includes her transition from academia to industry, specifically at Meta, where she works on generative AI research. The video project 'Make a Video' explores video generation using image and text data. Limitations in current video generation technology are highlighted, along with challenges in video processing. The importance of data in video applications and the potential of AI in social media for creative expression are also discussed.

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Debbie Parke's background in computer vision and AI research.
00:39
Originally from India, she moved to the US for education and was introduced to pattern recognition, sparking her interest in research projects.
Despite initially considering a master's degree, she was guided towards a PhD track at Carnegie Mellon.
Her interest in computer vision stemmed from the visual element of image processing and the ability to visually interpret algorithm outputs.
Transitioning research focus from pattern recognition to machine learning, with an emphasis on human-machine interaction.
02:47
Importance of meaningful human-machine interaction leading to a shift towards visual modalities for better communication.
Evolution towards natural language processing and creative expression through AI.
Journey from random projects to dedicated research agenda in generative modeling to enhance human creativity through AI.
Transition from academia to industry at Meta (formerly Facebook AI Research).
05:58
Initially planned a one-year stint but ended up staying for several years due to enjoying the work and company's interest in keeping them.
Shift towards generative AI research, focusing on large language models, image and video generation, 3D content, audio, and music.
Emphasis on creating content in various modalities to cater to the need for more creators in addition to consumers.
The 'Make a Video' project aimed to explore video generation using image and text data.
08:26
The approach involved leveraging diffusion-based models to make video generation feasible.
The project focused on separating visual appearance and language from motion to learn how people describe visual content and object movement.
This unique approach offered advantages such as reducing the model's learning complexity.
Overall, 'Make a Video' sought to push the boundaries of video generation technology through innovative data processing methods.
Benefits of using image data sets for training video generation models.
10:12
Image data sets offer diversity with fantastical depictions like dragons and unicorns.
Simplified training process by separating images and text data, requiring only labeled video data for learning motion.
Model initializes with image generation parameters and gradually learns to generate temporally coherent videos.
Models learn from various visual concepts present in images and videos, enhancing interpretability.
Limitations of current video generation technology.
13:26
Lack of complexity and storytelling capabilities in existing animated videos.
Emphasis on the need for longer, more intricate videos with consistent object appearances and scene transitions.
Comparison between the current state of video generation and advancements in image generation.
Questioning the existence of fundamental missing elements in approaching video generation, potentially causing a bottleneck in development.
Challenges in video processing include slower iteration cycles, inadequate representations, and the need for hierarchical architectures.
15:51
Data is emphasized as crucial in video processing, urging the development of strategies for optimizing data.
Progress has been made in language and image processing, but effective data management for video applications still needs improvement.
Challenges in training models with video data include limited motion in short videos and difficulty in learning from complex videos.
19:22
Video understanding is progressing slower than image understanding, affecting overall advancements in the field.
Advances in video understanding are more beneficial for robotics applications than video generation.
Embodied agents consuming visual content emphasize the significance of video understanding in AI applications.
Importance of Controllability in Video Creation
21:39
Robots in embodied agents or robotics are active participants, with their actions influencing the visual signals they receive.
Controllability is essential in aligning generative models with users' creative expression.
Text prompts are crucial for controlling models and enhancing content generation.
There is a need for more diverse and multimodal prompts to improve direct control in inputting text prompts and receiving images or videos.
Improving video generation models through various inputs.
22:49
Emphasizing the importance of controlling generated content and suggesting iterative editing mechanisms.
Predicting advancements in core capabilities will come before improvements in prompting techniques.
Discussing the trend of stylizing and editing existing videos, with products like Runway as examples.
Overview of Text-to-Speech Systems and Audio Integration in Visual Content.
25:46
Text-to-speech systems are evolving to enhance the expressiveness and delightfulness of visual content through audio.
There is an underinvestment in audio and music integration in these systems.
Challenges in audio compositionality include creating longer pieces with multiple sounds happening simultaneously.
Despite the value audio adds to visual content, further development and investment are needed for improvement.
Limitations of current AI models in generating natural speech and handling complex sequences of sounds.
27:11
Potential applications of AI agents in media creation, including animated gifs, video editing, and marketing.
Anticipation of near-term and longer-term uses for AI technology, focusing on unexpected and delightful user experiences.
Importance of identifying spaces where AI can emerge as a primary use case, hinting at innovative applications in various fields.
Impact of social media on photography and video creation.
29:43
Instagram and TikTok have simplified control parameters, democratizing the creation of high-quality imagery.
Generative technologies have become popular, attracting both skilled artists and individuals seeking creative expression.
The rise of AI tools for self-expression has sparked questions about artistic engagement and creativity.
Some artists have built their brand around using AI as their primary tool for self-expression.
Excitement about new technology and creative possibilities.
32:45
Importance of control in using tools for desired outcomes.
Artist planning to use AI in a video project.
Diversity in perspectives on AI's role in creation.
Some focus on specific visions while others embrace unpredictability in the artistic process.
Multi-modality in image, audio, and video generation.
34:51
Lack of research in integrating all modalities into one system.
Progress seen in this area.
Insights from experience at CVPR, focusing on scaling models and impact on research labs.
Prediction of increased use of AI tools in social media for creative expression and communication.
The impact of AI agents on social networks and communication.
37:15
AI is changing how people connect with each other.
Recognizing the impact AI has already had, even if it is sometimes overlooked.
Bot-based interactions and other social expression modalities can impact social and communicative media.
Advice on time management and productivity in AI research, emphasizing scheduling tasks on a calendar over a to-do list.
Encouragement to not self-select opportunities and take a chance.
39:35
The conversation with the guest ends positively.
Gratitude expressed for the guest's time and participation.