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Personalization with AI & Cowboy Ryan

Personalization with AI & Cowboy Ryan


Dr. Ryan Ries here, back from vacation.

This week, I want to share a customer use case that showcases AI and machine learning's advanced capabilities in action.

I’m talking about JibJab, the beloved provider of personalized eCards and digital entertainment, and how our collaboration with them laid the groundwork for their latest innovation: Starring You® AI.

From Machine Learning to Generative AI

A few years back, before generative AI really came into the spotlight, Mission Cloud partnered with JibJab to develop a machine-learning solution.

Our goal was to automate the process of cropping and preparing user-uploaded images for JibJab's new product line, Starring You Books.

Using AWS services like Amazon Rekognition and SageMaker, along with custom ML models, we created an algorithm that could:

  • Detect faces in uploaded photos
  • Automatically crop both face and hair
  • Perform image post-processing for print-quality results

We saw some great results with this solution – a system that could prepare customized images in just 5 seconds, with 90% accuracy – a massive improvement over manual methods.

Starring You® AI

Fast forward to today, and JibJab has taken this concept to the next level with Starring You® AI.

This cutting-edge feature allows users to transform a single photo into a collection of fantastic, hilarious photo packs in seconds.

Built on the foundations of Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, and integrating state-of-the-art face recognition algorithms from, Starring You® AI represents the culmination of years of innovation in personalized entertainment.

Why This Matters for You

I’ve loved this collaboration with JibJab, and the journey from our initial ML project to JibJab's latest AI-powered offering is a great story.

It shows that investing in AI and machine learning capabilities today can set the stage for groundbreaking innovations tomorrow.

This story is also a great example of how AI can help a company build an entirely new product line.

Whether you're in entertainment, e-commerce, or any other industry, the applications we’re seeing with AI are near limitless.

From enhancing customer experiences to streamlining operations, the right AI solution can give your business a significant competitive edge.

Looking to the Future

As AI continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, it's more important than ever to have a partner who can help you navigate the complexities of this space.

At Mission Cloud, we are at the forefront of AI and ML technologies, ensuring that our clients are always ahead of the curve.

Looking to explore AI applications in your business? Let's chat.

Whether you're looking to optimize existing processes or develop entirely new product lines, our team of experts is here to help you unlock the full potential of AI and machine learning.

Until next time,


Now, for this week’s AI-generated image, I’d be remiss not to show results from JibJab’s Starring You® AI in action. It's a fantastic (and hilarious) example of how far AI technology has come.

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