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When AI art generators like Dall-E 2 became a thing, illustrators and artists everywhere worried they were going to put them out of a job. So there’s been pushback against them, not least on Reddit, where the subreddit r/Art has a rule against posting “memes, AI, filters, or other low quality work”.

But how do you enforce such a rule in practice, when there’s no infallible way to distinguish what’s been created by software like Dall-E 2 and what’s been created by people? Well, it seems that moderators are basically going on gut feeling… and that’s led a working illustrator to be banned for his all-too-human artwork.

Vietnamese concept artist Minh Anh Nguyen Hoang, who works under the name Ben Moran, has been banned from r/Art for posting A muse in Warzone (opens in new tab). Created in Photoshop, it’s fantastic work, but clearly someone thought it was too good… because a moderator flagged it up for being AI-generated.

This painting was removed by r/Art moderators for violating Rule 6: ‘no memes, AI, filters, or other low quality work’ (Image credit: Ben Moran)

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