Different Dimension Me (异次元的我) image generator
Released: November 2022
Different Dimension Me (异次元的我) is an AI-based application that generates anime versions of images, including photographs.
Developed by Chinese technology and gaming company Tencent and incorporating Stability AI's Stable Diffusion image generator, Different Dimension Me was released in November 2022 on Tencent's QQ platform.
The response to Different Dimension Me has largely been positive, with Tencent reputedly having to restrict access to it after unexpectedly strong international sign-ups and traffic.
However, the app's global growth was met with complaints from users outside about its apparent failure to identify black and plus-size individuals - groups that tend to be missing in Japanese anime - resulting in whitewashed people of colour and other peculiar anime-gery.
The Chinese government's apparent ability to access and manage all kinds of data and information within the Great Firewall has resulted in concerns being expressed about user privacy and possible surveillance.