Most of my photography friends have experimented with some form of AI Art, and the results are quite remarkable. As amazing as this technology is, though, I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering if Artificial Intelligence will force us all to look for new careers.
What exactly is artificial intelligence art? AI art is an entirely new form of expression that allows users to string together descriptive words, feed them into a machine learning program, and have the software output one of a few unique hypergraphic images. second. The results aren’t always what you might imagine in your head, and what’s more, the Ai algorithm’s efforts are beyond your wildest imaginations. On the one hand, AI-generated art is one of the greatest inventions of modern history but on the other hand, it raises a lot of questions. Is AI art real art? Is the final image a creative work of the prompt writer? Who owns the rights to the final work? Should we value it over similar works of art that took a lot of time, effort and skill?
All these questions led me to contact my good friend and fellow photographer/entrepreneur Pye Jirsa. Many of you know Pye as the creative face of SLR . Loungebut he also runs a seven-figure wedding business (probably one of the the most successful wedding photography businesses in the world), and recently started a new business venture, 12 week relationship, delve into the world of relationship psychology. Needless to say, Pye is an incredibly talented innovator who has a great approach to business marketing and also understands how new technology can lead to greater success for early adopters.
Since both Pye and I have explored the early betas of many AI art generators, I thought it would be great to document our early thoughts, arguments, and views on the art form. this crazy new. Throughout this extensive podcast, we find ourselves both curious and appalled at what this new technology will bring to the art world. Some of the topics we cover include:
- What is art?
- Is the art of photography?
- What is AI Art and how can you use it?
- Who is the author of AI-generated art?
- How will Ai Art benefit society?
- How Ai Art can be detrimental to society
- Do people value art as “real” or simply art that most strongly evokes an emotion?
- Are some artistic media more valuable than others?
- Where is AI Art going and can we stop it?
- Is writing fast a real skill?
- Who owns the copyright of the AI-generated artwork?
These are just a few concepts that we comfortably talked about during our 90-minute conversation, and I must say, after drawing some of my own opinions with Pye, I found I have more questions than when I entered this conversation. Pye makes some interesting points about how past technological changes have ruined 99% of artists who do not pursue it from a commercial and business standpoint. He also questions how future generations will value and take the time to learn any particular art form when artificial intelligence can simply create something advanced and complex. More than decades of people practicing and mastering the same vehicle. Of course, there is always value in learning an art for fun, for emotional sanity, and for exploring your own creativity. However, the question remains, “how will AI art change the way we use, consume, and evaluate art in the future?”
Here are some images from the podcast created through Mid Journey
Maybe once I have more time to form my own thoughts on artificial art and where it’s going, I’ll write a full opinion piece on Fstoppers. Now, if I’m being honest with myself, I’m not sure how I really feel about AI art generators. Journey between, Nightcafe, StarryAIand Dall-E Mini. Half of me absolutely love seeing the crazy and quirky ideas I can come up with and the resulting images the AI generator can generate. The other half of me actually sees the writing on the wall and hopes to increasingly see and use AI art in the future.
What do you think of this new form of creativity? The floodgates haven’t actually opened yet as many of the programs listed above are still in beta and many still require invitations to use their services. Once AI art becomes even more malleable, realistic and universal, do you think it will suit the careers of many creators or will it always be a novelty and no compromise? to skills many of us have worked our lives to perfect?