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Mind Readings: No Excuses for Lack of Diversity in Content

With the dawn of AI models that can create many different kinds of content, there’s no excuse any longer for a lack of diversity in content.

Summary:

In this episode of Mind Readings, the speaker talks about diversity in content, specifically visual content. They say that in the past, companies would give excuses for why their content wasn’t diverse, like they couldn’t find anyone suitable or they didn’t have any employees who were diverse. However, with new technology, there are no excuses for not having diverse content. With a few clicks, companies can create any image they want, without having to leave their desk. This means that the only reason companies aren’t being more inclusive in their content is because they are choosing not to be.

Mind Readings: No Excuses for Lack of Diversity in Content

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Christopher Penn 0:15

In this episode of Mind readings, let’s talk about diversity in your content, particularly your visual content.

One of the things that people have said over the years is that, you know, with, with content they’ve created, when asked, Well, why why is there more representation in your content, people would say things like, you know, we couldn’t find anyone suitable, we don’t have any employees who are in that group of people, we don’t have staff that are that diverse, we didn’t have an aid, the right agency or agency didn’t have the talent.

And for years, we’ve heard excuse after excuse from Creative organizations and companies that they couldn’t find her for diversity and representation, right in their marketing materials.

There’s other things at play there, right? Putting aside demographic data in the fact that these folks, some of at least some of them were probably just unwilling to create marketing materials that involves people didn’t look like them.

Those excuses are now permanently over, like, permanently.

Why? In the last year, we have seen astonishing astonishing leaps forward in Creative Technologies with things like open AI is Dolly to or hugging faces, and stability, AI is stable diffusion, mid journey, these systems can generate images, right, you give them a text prompt, prompt, and it creates an image.

And these images are royalty free, they are copyright free.

They are labor free, in a lot of cases, right? Obviously, you have to generate them.

But it’s not like you have to go hire a crew of actors and film directors and stuff like that to do a photo shoot.

And you still get representations of people, right, you still get images that look like people.

So you can create clipart, stock photography, etc.

of people of any age, ethnicity, nationality, background gender, without leaving your desk, you don’t have to, you have to leave your chair to do this.

So instead of the stock image, you know, like two people sitting at a meeting, you know, staring awkwardly at each other, you can create that and not have to pay a stock photography company, the licensing keyboard, which means that you can ask these machines for different people, right, instead of saying to two guys sitting at a table, right in an office, you could type in an Indian man and a black woman sitting at a table and an office, right.

And it will create and render semi realistic images or paintings or watercolors or whatever medium you want to choose.

That would be totally appropriate for business use, write it all in all clipart we use all looks the same anyway.

It’s it’s people in nice suits to having conversations, etc.

No one would blink an eye about it.

But that generic clipart image can now represent whoever you want it to represent.

Right? Maybe you do live in an area where there are no Latino people.

Oh, well now now you can just type in Latino man and a black woman at a data desk in an office, right? Or a Latino man and an Indian woman talking at a water cooler, all the all the typical marketing imagery.

And you don’t have to go and find talent.

You don’t have to rent a location.

You generate this image quality you German right the stuff of this artificial intelligence.

Which means there are no excuses anymore for you to not have diverse populations represented in your marketing materials.

None.

With a few typed commands a few clicks your mouse.

You can create literally any grouping of people you want.

Right, you can create three black women in grey business suits.

Holding iPads sitting at a conference room table and machines will create a credible representation of that.

You might need to tune it up with like GFP Gan to tune up the faces a little bit but you can create it If you can make it you can have it you can use it in your marketing materials.

Christopher Penn 5:07

Which means that from today on from this day forward, the only reason you are not being more inclusive in your marketing materials is because you are making a conscious choice not to be right, you are making a conscious choice not to be when the alternatives are free and relatively easy.

That’s the important part.

As of today, with these tools you can make free like unlicensed, relatively easy imagery of any kind of people you want.

And some of the artwork that people are creating with these tools is astonishing.

It’s so realistic and look so good.

You’re not being represented because you choose not to be you’re not being inclusive, because you choose not to be and customers consumers remember the public will absolutely start to judge you that way.

Because creating five Guatemalan kids make a building a battle robot is within these creative tools capabilities.

So you choosing people who only look like you, whoever you are, means that you’re making a conscious choice not to be inclusive when being inclusive is just as easy and just as low cost.

That’s today’s thoughts.

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