Simon Willison’s Weblog


Wednesday, 24th January 2024

Django Chat: Datasette, LLMs, and Django. I’m the guest on the latest episode of the Django Chat podcast. We talked about Datasette, LLMs, the New York Times OpenAI lawsuit, the Python Software Foundation and all sorts of other topics.

# 8:41 pm / django, podcasts, ai, psf, generative-ai, llms

Google Research: Lumiere. The latest in text-to-video from Google Research, described as “a text-to-video diffusion model designed for synthesizing videos that portray realistic, diverse and coherent motion”.

Most existing text-to-video models generate keyframes and then use other models to fill in the gaps, which frequently leads to a lack of coherency. Lumiere “generates the full temporal duration of the video at once”, which avoids this problem.

Disappointingly but unsurprisingly the paper doesn’t go into much detail on the training data, beyond stating “We train our T2V model on a dataset containing 30M videos along with their text caption. The videos are 80 frames long at 16 fps (5 seconds)”.

The examples of “stylized generation” which combine a text prompt with a single reference image for style are particularly impressive.

# 7:58 pm / google, video, ai, generative-ai

Find a level of abstraction that works for what you need to do. When you have trouble there, look beneath that abstraction. You won’t be seeing how things really work, you’ll be seeing a lower-level abstraction that could be helpful. Sometimes what you need will be an abstraction one level up. Is your Python loop too slow? Perhaps you need a C loop. Or perhaps you need numpy array operations.

You (probably) don’t need to learn C.

Ned Batchelder

# 6:25 pm / abstractions, c, ned-batchelder, programming, python