No, We’re Not Banning AI

A 1950s robot watering the lawn in the suburbs, photograph

AI-generated art made with DALL-E 2. Text prompt: “A 1950s robot watering the lawn in the suburbs, photograph”

It’s been all over the art world and you’d have thought I’d have mentioned it by now, so I’m a little late to the party. I mean, it’s winning art fairs.

AI-generated art made with DALL-E 2
AI-generated art made with DALL-E 2

AI-generated art is here, it’s amazing, and it’s not going anywhere. And when I say amazing, I don’t mean on the whole, but mainly as a technical achievement.

There are still important, pressing concerns about a huge number of things: plagiarism considering what art was used to train certain AI models; disinformation movements using low-cost, high-efficacy AI content to sway people unethically; the potential loss of work and livelihood for flesh-and-blood artists; and plenty more.

In fact, as Ars Technica points out, many art communities are banning AI-generated content. How they’ll do that going forward will be an ever-adapting challenge.

Foundmyself isn’t going to ban AI-generated works. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another medium. Yes, it can be used and abused on a completely new level, but just because it’s AI doesn’t mean, ipso facto, it’s not art.

Again – that’s just my opinion at this point. I understand if you couldn’t disagree more. If so, or even if you agree with me, I would love to hear your opinions.

That being said, on Foundmyself, I’d like to have AI-generated art labeled as such.

What I’d like to happen is this:

  • If you train an AI yourself (on Stable Diffusion, for example) with content (images, sounds, text, feelings, whatever) of your choosing, you can categorize the art however you’d like. I personally think It’d be more interesting and beneficial for viewers to know it had an AI involved, for what it’s worth.
  • If you use a third-party AI trained on content you didn’t choose, please select the AI category when you upload images.

Things are awesome weird and let’s get into it.

Again, if you want to chime in on the topic, please see this thread in the forum.

Thanks for your support.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.