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AI-Generated Art Wins a Prize: Artists left with no words

They did make us aware of this future with AI — but could­n’t stop it from hap­pen­ing. Maybe, it was just inevitable.

A decade ago, when you talked about AI, you would have assumed that AI was going to first take over phys­i­cal jobs, and only then get its hands into the “think­ing” part, and final­ly, cre­ative tasks. But tech­nolo­gies like DALL E 2, GPT‑3, and Mid­jour­ney are not only chang­ing, but oppos­ing the pre­dict­ed timelines.

The annu­al art com­pe­ti­tion at the Col­orado State Fair this year award­ed prizes in all the cus­tom­ary cat­e­gories, includ­ing paint­ing, quilt­ing, and sculpture.

How­ev­er, one par­tic­i­pant, Jason M. Allen, had some oth­er plans. He did­n’t use a brush or a piece of clay to cre­ate his work. He used Mid­jour­ney, an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence tool that trans­forms words into incred­i­bly life­like images.

“I’m not going to apol­o­gize for it,” he said. “I won, and I didn’t break any rules.”

AI-gen­er­at­ed picture

And in fact, he is not wrong either. What’s wrong is the time­line of tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment that was inevitable from one cer­tain point in the 20th century.

It’s clear that AI is enter­ing a new era—an era of cre­ative think­ing and cre­ativ­i­ty. 10 years ago, when I was in high school, peo­ple used to say: “Com­put­ers can’t think.”. Well… they can’t think, but now it seems like they are going to find a bet­ter word for “think”.

There are two main ways of think­ing: The first is log­i­cal, struc­tured and clear, and the oth­er is cre­ative, unstruc­tured and non-linear.

Strat­e­gy for those who want to know what AI will mean for their field: merge cre­ative ten­den­cies (that’s where most humans already are) with log­ic pro­cess­ing pow­er of DL. Most like­ly, humans are going to get clos­er and clos­er to turn­ing them­selves into machines rather than cre­at­ing con­scious­ness in a non-liv­ing dummy.

We’ve already seen this hap­pen­ing in music — it’s why artists start­ed using AI to cre­ate music and we are get­ting shit. In pho­tog­ra­phy — it helps them edit their pho­tos bet­ter. Writ­ing — it helps them write bet­ter. And now we’re see­ing that in paint­ing as well.

Only recent­ly, the AI philoso­pher GPT‑3 defeat­ed a human philoso­pher. The pub­lic could not dis­tin­guish Daniel Den­nett’s philo­soph­i­cal quotes from those of the AI philoso­pher. Philoso­phers are now wor­ried about los­ing their jobs. Jokes in the garbage can, AI has actu­al­ly start­ed to hit. Imag­ine learn­ing art for years in art school, and then you get a pro­gram that can do the same in an hour — I mean minutes.

“Although AI is still in its infan­cy and has a long way to go before it reach­es its goal of per­fect­ly mod­el­ling human think­ing pat­terns” — you might have heard this one quite a few times. But you’re not even aware of it, and AI is already a toddler.

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