AI-generated artwork is controversial for several reasons; not least because of concerns that it could put creatives out of work. So it’s easy to see why people could be upset by a major producer and streaming platform using the tech to create an anime film. But that’s what Netflix has just done, and with an excuse that people just aren’t buying.
Yes, Netflix Japan has announced that it used AI-generated art in a new short anime film. To avoid paying artists? Not at all. It claims the move was to “help the anime industry” amid an ongoing labour shortage. Unsurprisingly, anime artists and fans aren’t impressed (for more on AI art, see our guide to how to use DALL-E 2).
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