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  /  Artificial Intelligence   /  First, AI Art Gets an Award, then Critics Realize How Wrong They Have Been!
First, AI Art Gets an Award, then Critics Realize How Wrong They Have Been!

First, AI Art Gets an Award, then Critics Realize How Wrong They Have Been!

New controversy erupts over prizes awarded to AIart! Critics assume it’s a threat to human creativity

While AI experts don’t agree on many things, they all agree on one thing, AI technology is going to have huge effects on society and business. And the perfect example to satisfy the above statement is the AI-generated art piece, named “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” which was created using the AI software, Mid journey.

The rise of artificial intelligence will make most people prosperous over the next decade. AI is when we give machines (software and hardware) human-like abilities. That means machines will have the ability to mimic human intelligence moreover to see, hear, speak, move, and make decisions like humans. But it can be converted into a life-threatening challenge. A game designer has sparked controversy after his AI-generated art piece achieved the top spot at a competition in the United States about whether art can be generated by a computer, and what, exactly, it means to be an artist. Critics claim that the text-to-image system poses a threat to the livelihoods of human artists everywhere.

In August, Jason M. Allen, President of Colorado-based tabletop gaming company Incarnate Games who lives in Pueblo West, Colorado, acquired the top place in the emerging artist division’s “digital arts/digitally-manipulated photography” category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition. His winning image, titled “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” (French for Space Opera Theater), was designed with Mid journey — an artificial intelligence system that can produce detailed images when fed written prompts. His victory was accompanied by a US$300 prize. “I’m fascinated by this imagery. I love it. And I think everyone should see it,” Allen, told CNN Business in an interview on Friday.

AI tools to generate images have been in trend for years with companies such as Google and OpenAI being notable investors in these text-to-image systems. “I’m not going to apologize for it … I won and I didn’t break any rules,” Allen said to The New York Times newspaper in an interview published on Friday.

However, critics call the text-to-image system, a threat to the livelihoods of human artists. Many people have taken to social media to show their anger and despair over the award, arguing it took away from the hard work funded by humans to physically create noteworthy art. “Jason Allen, you are NOT an artist. You have never used actual tools. Just texts,” one social media user posted on Twitter. “Mid journey can be fun, but it should never be used to cheat other artists.”

Some people exhibited their fear that these AI tools could endanger their livelihoods, while others expressed that AI-generated art must carry its separate category moving forward – similar thought Allen has also suggested in an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper as a way to resolve any future controversy. “I’m okay with that, there’s no problem with that. But someone had to be first,” Allen expressed his view as saying.

According to the Colorado newspaper, the two judges assigned to the category were not knowing Allen’s submission was artificial intelligence generated – but they admitted it would not have affected their decision as they aimed to search for “how the art tells a story, how it invokes spirit”.

Controversy over fresh art-making technologies is not a new thing. Many painters recoiled at the creation of the camera, which they faced as a debasement of human artistry. (Charles Baudelaire, the 19th-century French poet and art critic, called photography “art’s most mor­tal enemy.”) In the 20th century, digital editing AI tools and computer-assisted design programs were similarly dismissed by purists for requiring too little skill of their human collaborators.

What makes the brand new breed of AI tools different, some critics think, is not just that they’re able of producing pleasing works of art with minimal effort. It’s how they work. Apps like DALL-E 2 and Mid journey are designed by scraping millions of images from the open web, then teaching algorithms to recognize patterns and relationships in given images and generate new ones in the identical style. It indicates that artists who upload their works to the internet may be unwittingly helping to train their algorithmic competitors.

“What makes this AI different is that it’s explicitly trained on current working artists,” RJ Palmer, a digital artist, tweeted last month. “This thing wants our jobs; it is actively anti-artist.”

Mr. Allen, the blue-ribbon winner, stated he empathized with artists who were frightened that AI tools would put them out of work. But he thinks their anger should not be directed at individuals who use DALL.E-2 or Mid journey to present art but at enterprises that choose to replace human artists with artificial intelligence.