Find Your Goldilocks AI Opportunity

by Jurica Dujmovic
By Jurica Dujmovic

When OpenAI unveiled its AI text-to-video model, Sora, it sent shockwaves across the tech world. This wasn't just another text-to-image AI — it was a game-changer, a masterclass in conjuring moving pictures from mere words.

Sora birthed hyper-realistic scenes with intricate details, fluid motion and characters so lifelike they could've stepped off the screen.

Social media went haywire, flooded with a mesmerizing wave of AI-generated videos, ranging from silly to outright breathtaking.

But Sora wasn't just a spectacle to look at. Compared to its predecessors — Pika Labs, stable video diffusion, Runway AI’s Gen-2, etc. — Sora is miles ahead, a leapfrog in evolution. Suddenly, the clunky animations and stilted movements of other platforms feel archaic.

The world realized something we techies have anticipated for a while: AI isn’t just playing catchup. It sets the pace and rewrites the rules of how technology and creativity interact.

Because Sora isn’t just about videos: The ripples it set off have spread far and wide.

AI music composition platforms are churning out symphonies guided by whispered melodies. AI-powered chatbots hold conversations so nuanced that users question if they’re talking to a human.

Even the humble stock photo library felt the tremors as AI-generated images flooded the market with breathtaking realism and diversity.

This, my friends, is the new age of AI. It's a fundamental shift in how we create and experience visuals, audio and even ourselves. It's a world where imagination has a new playground.

Indeed, it opens a world of opportunity for various stakeholders.

These beneficiaries are not just navigating through the changes but are thriving, heralding a new era of innovation and accessibility in content creation.

Benefitting big from this transformative shift are …

  1. Independent Creators and Small Studios

Small-scale creators and independent filmmakers and studios stand to gain immensely from AI technologies like Sora. They can now produce content that matches the quality of larger productions without the prohibitive costs associated with traditional visual effects and animation.

This democratization of content creation levels the playing field, allowing more voices and visions to be realized and shared.

AI tools provide creators with the ability to experiment and iterate on visual and audio elements at a pace that was previously unimaginable. This not only accelerates the creative process. It also opens up new avenues for storytelling, enabling creators to explore and materialize ideas that were once beyond their reach or budget.

  1. Content Platforms and Distributors

When it comes to streaming platforms, digital publishers and online media outlets, AI-generated content can fill gaps, offer personalized experiences to users and enhance the overall content library with minimal additional cost.

Platforms that adopt AI technologies can differentiate themselves by offering unique content options, such as AI-generated music, personalized video content or interactive media experiences that were previously not feasible at scale.

  1. Marketing and Advertising Agencies

AI tools enable marketing professionals to create more targeted and innovative campaigns faster than ever before, increasing efficiency and boosting how far their creativity can take them.

The reduction in time and resources required to produce content directly translates to cost savings, allowing agencies to allocate their budgets more effectively or take on a greater volume of projects.

  1. Educational and Training Sectors

AI-generated content can provide personalized educational resources, adapting to the learning style and pace of individual students. This can revolutionize the way educational content is created and distributed, making learning more accessible and engaging.

And in industries where simulation training is valuable — such as medicine, aviation and law enforcement — AI-generated scenarios can provide realistic and varied experiences, enhancing the quality and effectiveness of training programs.

  1. Tech Entrepreneurs and Startups

The capabilities of AI open up new avenues for startups and entrepreneurs to create innovative products and services. From AI-driven content creation platforms to tools that automate the design process, the potential for new business models centered around AI technologies is vast.

And by leveraging AI, small businesses and startups can compete with larger entities by offering cutting-edge solutions and services that were previously out of reach due to resource constraints.

Still, there are plenty who have concerns about AI’s future in creative fields.

If more AI generators achieve Sora’s level of coherence and quality, there’s a great chance they will become a ubiquitous and important part of modern content creation pipeline for many companies and individuals.

When it comes to the stock media industry, libraries are facing unprecedented competition from AI-generated content, which can produce customized and unique visuals on demand, potentially reducing the need for stock photos and videos and impacting the photographers and videographers who rely on these platforms for income.

I’ve already covered the benefits of AI in the realm of filmmaking. But on the other hand, there's an underlying concern about the authenticity and originality of AI-generated content. The ease of creating realistic scenes and characters might dilute the value of human creativity and skill in storytelling, potentially overshadowing the work of traditional filmmakers and visual effects artists.

And, as we’ve already seen in big Hollywood films like Rogue One, there is the potential to recreate a human performance through AI, even if they’re no longer living. And despite the historic SAG-AFTRA negotiations last year that got big studios to move more cautiously when it comes to AI creativity, there are still legal questions surrounding ownership of AI images and videos generated from material technically owned by the studios.

The concern extends even to their voices. Audio generation platforms — Eleven Labs, Suno.ai, etc. — that utilize AI to create or modify sounds, music and voices are revolutionizing the music industry and content creation offer complex compositions and realistic voiceovers quickly and cheaply.

But while these technologies open new creative possibilities, they also pose significant questions about copyright, authenticity and the future of human contribution in audio production.

So, what does this all mean for an average investor?

In short, AI offers a massive market opportunity. 

As we've seen, these technologies enable new levels of productivity, opening the floodgates to premium content creation. The businesses that tap into this paradigm shift early can position themselves to dominate attention and engagement.

More specifically, shrewd investors should recognize AI's potential to uplift promising startups.

By democratizing professional quality video production, barriers to entry collapse across sectors like social media, advertising and edtech. The next wave of unicorn companies could very well ride the crest of this AI-powered content revolution.

But make no mistake — we’re still in the early days. That not only means more growth potential on AI opportunities, but it also means more growing pains as the sector comes into its own and the technology continues developing.

Businesses that dismiss AI will be in peril in the future. But businesses that don’t take the time to ensure their algorithms are optimized and clear of ethical concerns are unlikely to make it far, either.

The trick for you is to find the sweet balance of early AI projects that are realistic and intentional about future development.

That’ll be where the best picks will be found in this new digital gold rush.

For that, check in for my next Weiss Crypto Daily. That’s where I’ll reveal the companies I believe to be at the forefront of this transformative technology.

Best,

Jurica Dujmovic

About the Contributor

Jurica Dujmović has been a creator, collector and investor in digital art, including the rapidly evolving non-fungible tokens (NFT) space since its inception nearly a decade ago. He’s also passionate about digital currencies and writes about crypto trends, including what’s new in the Weiss Crypto Ratings, in Weiss Crypto Daily. 

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