Qualcomm is running a fascinating demo of Stable Diffusion on a standard cellphone, a feat the happens completely offline and is surprisingly fast.

The AI tool, called Stable Diffusion, can create pictures in a matter of seconds. In this case, the researchers ask for a fluffy cat in warrior armor and the tool created a 512×512 image in about 15 seconds.

The phone is running a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. For purposes of the demo, the phone is completely disconnected from the network and the model itself runs in memory. This means the entire model – gigabytes of information – is contained on the phone itself.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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