Google's AI text-to-image generator is ready for public testing

Google Imagen now in Beta
Sprouts in the shape of text 'Imagen' coming out of a fairytale book. (Image credit: Google Imagen)

AI-generated images appear to be taking over the internet lately and are really causing a stir and debate among photographers, artists, and creative communities. Alarm bells are ringing as people worry about job security, copyright, deepfakes, safeguarding of the internet, and even a potential robot uprising – yes, really. 

Should we be worried? Google doesn't think so. Its latest offering to the field of AI image generators takes the form of Imagen, which we saw several months ago in the research stages. The service is almost ready for unlimited public use, available currently as a beta model through the AI Test Kitchen app.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.