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‘Webtoon Artificial Intelligence (AI)’. Naver Webtoon, which has taken the lead in Korea, the United States, and Japan, has a Webtoon AI organization. As a vertical (professional) AI organization dealing with webtoons, it is unprecedented in the world and draws attention. Naver Webtoon is an organization that was created by embracing B.Doo, a startup that researches visual technology (computer vision).
On the 30th, I met Kim Dae-sik, the webtoon AI leader (general manager) and former CEO of B.dooo, and asked about the future blueprint. Leader Kim said, “Naver Webtoon is a content company and a technology company. It is an organization that prides itself on creating innovative products and solving unique (original) and practical problems with the ‘Story Tech Platform’.”
Unique AI for webtoon creators
The reason that Webtoon AI drew attention was the role of professional solutions such as ‘AI Painter’ and ‘Auto-drawing’. Literally, it is a program that can automatically color and draw webtoons. Currently in beta service. There is a coloring solution in Japan, which is the strongest country in published comics, but it is not suitable for webtoon, a format-destroying content that focuses on professional drawing (illustration) and does not know where it will go. In fact, AI Painter is the world’s only webtoon automatic coloring solution.
Leader Kim explained, “The current version is a solution that allows you to draw the whole and color the base color.
AI Painter’s evaluation of Naver Webtoon ‘Lee Doona!’ You can see it in episode 122. Minsong Iduna! As the artist uploaded an AI auto-coloring webtoon saying, ‘Humanity has lost,’ it became a topic of discussion in the general public.
Leader Kim said, “AI Painter is being uploaded by more than 1,000 users a day.” “There are people who like to draw, and they are good at sketching, but there are many cases where it is difficult to color, so I use it consistently.” . Even without publicity, there is a lot of anticipation, such as appearing on Twitter in Japan and the United States.”
Anyone who has the desire to be creative can debut as a writer.
The direction Webtoon AI sees is ‘a debut as a webtoon writer if anyone has an idea’. It is aiming to become a national debut solution as a ‘webtoon creative editor’ preparing to open in-house within this year. Currently, while the pros are working, he is upgrading his solution by conducting know-how interviews. If the pros are satisfied, it can be an overflowing solution for the general public.
Leader Kim said, “Professionals know exactly what they want, so they make tools accordingly, but the general public often doesn’t know what they want, so they have to think about how to make the webtoon AI well. It is a long-term task,” he said. He showed his will, saying, “I will keep going until I succeed.”
Reduced illegal sharing
The Webtoon AI organization is also reducing illegal sharing, the biggest threat to the Webtoon ecosystem. Through the ‘Toon Raider’ solution. Leader Kim responded, “When a paid episode of a webtoon appears, it becomes illegal to share, but delaying it is the key. pointed the direction
Leader Kim also said, “We are also looking at the direction to technically block plagiarism in advance. doing,” he said.
Organizations that are not top-down, want leading researchers
There are currently 60 members of the Webtoon AI organization. Increase to 100 people within 3 years. This is a conservative estimate. Leader Kim emphasized, “There are very few people who are webtoon fans (passionate consumers) and who are good at AI. We want AI researchers who want to play an impactful role in a fun ecosystem.”
He reiterated, “Webtoon AI is not a top-down (top-down) but a proactive and voluntary organization. He continued, “There are many junior researchers in their early 30s. It would be good if you come to experience it firsthand,” he announced as a leading research organization.