Can the art world live with AI-generated art?
Relax, everyone. It already is. Artists have been doing amazing things with artificial intelligence (AI) and its various predecessors for decades. The work is only getting better, more interesting, more exciting.
Of course, it’s easy to see why people are freaking out. The worlds of artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing things up with discombobulating speed. We suddenly have apps at our fingertips that can turn a simple verbal prompt into an image within seconds.
If you’re a graphic designer or illustrator working in certain commercial fields, it’s already clear that AI will be a major disruption. Platforms like Midjourney and Stability Diffusion have built their businesses by scraping the internet for the data sets then used by their generators. That material includes the work of artists and illustrators, almost none of whom have been asked for their consent, credited or compensated.
Defenders say the approach of AI companies falls under fair use because the results, like Picasso’s…