Pricing for the DALL-E 2 API varies by resolution. For 1024×1024 images, the cost is $0.02 per image; 512×512 images are $0.018 per image; and 256×256 images are $0.016 per image. Volume discounts are available to companies working with OpenAI’s enterprise team.

Not much in terms of policy is changing with the API launch, which is likely to disappoint those who fear that generative AI systems like DALL-E 2 are being released without sufficient consideration for the ethical and legal issues that they pose. As before, users are bound by OpenAI’s terms of service, which prohibits using DALL-E 2 to generate overtly violent, sexual or hateful content. OpenAI is also continuing to block users from uploading pictures of people without their consent or images that they don’t have the rights to, employing a mix of automated and human monitoring systems to enforce this.

One slight tweak is that images generated with the API won’t be required to contain a watermark. OpenAI introduced watermarking during the DALL-E 2 beta as a way to indicate which images originated from the system, but has chosen to make it optional with the launch of the API.

“We encourage developers to disclose that images are AI-generated, but do not require that they include the DALL-E 2 signature,” Luke Miller, the product manager at OpenAI overseeing DALL-E 2’s development, told TechCrunch via email.

Microsoft’s Designer tool, powered by the DALL-E 2 API. Image Credits: Microsoft

Mixtiles is among the early adopters of the DALL-E 2 API. Image Credits: Mixtiles

In an interview, Miller revealed little in the way of specifics regarding new mitigatory measures, save that OpenAI has been improving its techniques to prevent the system from generating biased, toxic and otherwise offensive content customers might find objectionable. He described the open API beta as an “iterative” process, one that’ll involve work with “users and artists” over the next few months as OpenAI scales the infrastructure powering DALL-E 2.

“We’ve done a lot of work on that side of things — both through the images that you upload and the prompts that you send as far as aligning that with our content policy and baking in different mitigations to filter at the prompt level and at the image level to make sure that aligns with our content policy. So, for example, if somebody were to upload an image that contains hate symbols or gore — like very, very, very violent content — that would be rejected,” Miller said. “We’re always thinking about how we can improve the system.”

Now anyone can build apps that use DALL-E 2 to generate images by Kyle Wiggers originally published on TechCrunch

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