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How Adobe Photoshop's AI handled Amazon logistics - Quartz

Author: Quartz

Source: https://qz.com/adobe-photoshop-ai-amazon-warehouse-logistics-1850968157

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Much has been made of Adobe’s Firefly AI, the creative software company’s algorithmic model powering tools like vector recoloring in Illustrator, text-to-image effects in Express, and generative fills in Photoshop.After debuting in beta in May, the Firefly-enabled tools made their way to most users this autumn.We were curious to see how the tools—particularly Photoshop’s—might work, and, looking ahead to the holiday season, decided to dip our inexpert toe into the warehouse logistics waters.With Amazon hiring 67% more workers for this year’s holiday rush, it’s clear that the e-tailer expects huge demand to hit warehouses.So could we use AI to transform its factory floor to meet it?Where we started.Image: Juice Flair (Shutterstock)First, we’re probably going to need a whole lot more conveyor beltsBy highlighting sections of the empty canvas, we can prompt Photoshop to expand the edges of the photo—and add way, way, more places to transport all those holiday packages.Adding belts, belts, belts.Gif: QuartzAnd if the holiday ordering surge is as high as Amazon expects, we’re going to see a big build-up of packages.So let’s add them on to the belts we generated.Add a couple of (very tall) boxes.Image: QuartzBut, uh, some of these dropped-off boxes are getting pretty weirdOur first try produces some shapes that look like they came from a city skyline, not Santa’s workshop. No worries—we’ll toggle through the three options the AI generates to find ones that resemble a squarer package, similar to the others in the warehouse.The third looks pretty decent.Let’s check our options.Image: QuartzAs we add more packages to stretches of the belt, though, the AI keeps pumping out boxes in strange sizes and configurations.Some are clearly taped and sealed after we prompt them to be empty.Some end up on the floor.Some become a haunted seatbelt-cardboard hybrid when we specify that boxes should be on belts. Eventually, we give up.Uh, what’s that belt doing on the right?Image: QuartzOur conclusionWell, let’s assume Amazon is using some more sophisticated logistical systems.But while the AI is pretty good at expanding the edges of a background, like our warehouse floor, and it’s fun for cycling through AI-generated options, like all those boxes on boxes, it’s still no replacement for any real, human art director (and, we imagine, any real, human warehouse logistics manager).

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