You can now create custom background images in Google Meet that have been created by AI. Yes, it's official: Skynet has finally taken over. Before we start contemplating Terminators making custom backgrounds for us though, there's a slight catch with this new Meet feature.
First spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter user ‘Artem Russakovskii’ (thanks, XDA Developers), Google Meet now sports a seriously smart feature that lets you make custom backgrounds generated by AI through simple prompts.
Access to these bewitching backgrounds isn't currently available to everyone, though. To take advantage of this new Google Meet feature, you must first sign up to the Google Workspace Labs; a tester program that lets users try out new AI features via invitation.
The trouble is, participation in this program is limited, and at time of writing, it’s only available in select regions in the U.S.
I tried testing Google Meet’s new AI-generated backgrounds on both my custom-built Windows 11 desktop and a powerful gaming laptop. Sadly, I was unable to access the new AI features on either machine upon clicking Meet’s ‘Apply visual effects’ button.
Google Meet new AI backgrounds explained
If you have access to Workspace Lab features, the process of generating AI-made backgrounds in Google Meet looks to be fairly straightforward.
Once you’re in the Effects menu, click the ‘Generate a background’ button, whereby you’ll be prompted to type a phrase and select a genre — the official tutorial shows off photography, sci-fi, fantasy, 3D animation, illustration and monochrome categories.
The example phrases shown are ‘spaceship cockpit’ and ‘an illustration of a magical forest’; but seeing as we’re dealing with AI, the number of recognized phrases is likely vast. Once the AI has generated an image based on your phrase and style, it will create multiple backgrounds for you to choose from.
It’s worth noting that this is still an experimental feature, and it’s yet to be seen what final form it may take when it finally rolls out of its invite-only Workspace Labs phase.
This is certainly a cool feature that potentially opens the doors to boundlessly inventive backgrounds for Google Meet sessions. If I can ever get the feature to work on my devices, dinosaurs will most definitely be involved… actually, ‘dinosaurs in space’.