WhatsApp begins testing AI-generated stickers on the messaging platform. The new development and latest Android WhatsApp beta as you should know is now inclusive of the ability to easily generate stickers simply based on a short description.
WhatsApp AI-Generated Stickers
Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has begun testing a new AI-generated stickers feature on the platform. WABetaInfo just recently reported that some testers that are in the Android WhatsApp beta program have spotted the new AI-powered stickers, thus allowing users of WhatsApp to easily and effectively generate a sticker based on a short text description.
Android Police however points out that it is still not clear as to which generative AI model WhatsApp has picked for this very feature, as the report of WABetaInfo only notes that the stickers in question are generated by making use of “a secure technology offered by Meta.”
How the New Sticker Feature Will Work
The feature as you should know just in case you don’t know looks very much like it will work similarly to how Midjoureny or DALL-E models of OpenAI generate images based on just a simple text alone. It now seems that you will be able to make use of this WhatsApp feature in creating a basic and personalized image that can be shared as a sticker with WhatsApp friends or even groups.
Major Concerns Surrounding Generative AI Tools Regarding This Case
With any generative AI model in place, there will be major concerns regarding what images and stickers could be generated and even shared easily on WhatsApp, particularly as instant messaging platform, WhatsApp has prior to this development had to place limits on the forwarding of viral messages in the past on the platform after the spread of misleading images during elections, mob attacks as well as killings in India, and also misinformation that are related to covid-19.
WhatsApp as you should know has the ability to report any inappropriate or any type of harmful stickers, but it is still not clear as to what additional protections are in place on the AI model side here.
How the Stickers Will Be Different From Others on the Platform
WABetaInfo reportedly states that stickers on the platform that are generated making use of this new AI-powered feature are “easily recognizable,” which then suggests that there could also be some form of watermark or indication that these stickers were created making use of generative AI models.
Microsoft makes use of OpenAI’s DALL-E model in allowing Bing Chat users to easily and effectively create images, but the company, however, places a clear Bing label on images. Instagram is also on the other hand reportedly working on labels that would help to identify when AI models have been used in creating content.
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