Exploring the Power of Generative AI in Visual Storytelling, with Dr. Rebecca Swift

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Dr. Rebecca Swift is the Senior Vice President of Creative at iStock and Getty Images, where she leads the team responsible for analyzing trends and developing research in visual communications. Rebecca joined the company over 20 years ago as one of the founding members of the team that introduced visual research methodology to the industry. Rebecca leads global research projects investigating the future of visual communications and works with a wide variety of brands in industries ranging from non-profit to fashion. She has presented her findings all over the world.

Rebecca has been recognized as one of AdAges 20 Women to Watch and was Campaign magazine’s Female Frontier honoree. She was also awarded the Most Influential Leader in UK Visual Media in 2020. Rebecca has a PhD in Photography.

On this episode of Destination on the Left, I talk with Rebecca about generative AI and how it can help you create new ideas, plan visual storytelling content, and find fresh perspectives. We also explore how destination marketers can use it and why travel is one industry that should move with caution when thinking about AI generative imagery.

What You Will Learn in this Episode:

  • Benefits of using generative AI in improving creativity and visual storytelling
  • Why travel is one industry that should move with caution when thinking about AI generative imagery
  • How Getty Images address legal and ethical concerns in their use of AI-generated imagery
  • The need for government regulation of AI to address copyright and trademark concerns
  • How tools like generative AI can spark new ideas, fuel your artistic endeavors, and help you plan visual storytelling content

Unlocking Creativity with Endless Possibilities

In the ever-evolving technological landscape, the rise in popularity of artificial intelligence (AI) has hugely impacted creative industries, including that of visual storytelling. Rebecca joins us on the podcast to explore generative AI and how we can apply it to images and photography.

Generative AI goes way beyond traditional AI by not just analyzing existing content but also creating new and unique images that help tell a story. Rebecca explains how, by harnessing the power of generative AI, photographers and creatives can find fresh perspectives and ignite their creativity to tell compelling visual stories.

Legal and Ethical Considerations in AI-Generated Content

Rebecca explains that while generative AI opens up many possibilities, it’s important to carefully navigate legal and ethical terrain. She highlights why copyright and trademark concerns need to be addressed, especially when it comes to using famous places, landmarks, or people in AI-generated content. Rebecca also emphasizes the commitment of Getty Images to protect the rights of creators and ensure they have proper permission for training models using AI content.

The Impact of AI on Visual Industries

We dig into the influence of AI on the visual and creative industries, such as photography and content writing. Although AI has transformed the way we capture, edit, and share images and has revolutionized the photography ecosystem, we also need to understand its limitations and be aware of potential flaws, particularly as destination marketers.

Please note, Getty Images is providing Destination To The Left Podcast this image with a zero-dollar licensing fee for online purposes only and can only be used once. These images cannot be used outside of this article/episode. Photo credits must be used properly within. (Richard Drury/Getty Images)


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