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Artists angry after discovering artworks used to train AI image generators without their consent

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Six-time Archibald Prize finalist Kim Leutwyler says “it feels like a violation” that their art was used without their consent to train the artificial intelligence (AI) technology behind increasingly popular text-to-image software.

The Sydney-based, American-born artist is one of thousands of illustrators who are frustrated by their work being used to train AI image generators, which are now being used to create profit-making apps.

There is a heated debate between artists and technology companies because creators haven’t been compensated, leading many to take part in online protests to raise concerns about AI’s ethical and copyright implications.

There is still very little artists can do to protect their work from being used by AI, but some are beginning to opt out of certain systems. Others, however, are keen to opt in.

Let’s take a look at the situation and hear from people working in this complex and emerging space.

How can artists know whether their work is being used to train AI?

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