Visual Art and AI – by OpenAI’s ChatGPT
On #SpousesDay my husband and I were having a conversation about AI and it’s potential from the perspective of our industries – his being science and mine being visual arts. He mentioned an article by Rahul Mandlik. “ChatGPT Poised to Disrupt Medical Affairs“. We then started a dialogue with ChatGPT (created by OpenAI to ‘extend the reach and creativity of the human brain’) and posed questions about the future of Visual Art and AI. Here’s what transpired.
Q: What will be the impact of AI on the future of visual arts and artists?
A: AI has the potential to have a significant impact on the future of visual arts and artists. On the one hand, AI algorithms and tools can help artists create new forms of art and make the creative process more efficient. For example, AI-powered tools can be used to generate new images, animations, and videos, or to assist with tasks such as color correction, compositing, and 3D modeling. Additionally, AI can be used to analyze and understand art, which can help scholars and curators better understand the context and meaning behind certain works.
On the other hand, some people worry that the increasing use of AI in the art world could lead to the commodification and devaluation of art, as well as the displacement of human artists by AI-generated works. Ultimately, the impact of AI on the future of visual arts and artists will likely depend on how it is used and the values that guide its development.
Q: So is it only the ethics of the users that will constrain the AI impact?
A: Ethics is certainly one important factor that will shape the impact of AI on the future of visual arts and artists. The values and intentions of the users, developers, and stakeholders involved in the creation and use of AI in the art world will play a crucial role in determining how it is employed and what its effects will be.
However, it’s not only the ethics of the users that will constrain the AI impact. Technical limitations and the state of the art in AI research also play a role. For example, current AI technology may not yet be advanced enough to fully replace human artists or to create truly “original” works of art. Additionally, the legal framework surrounding AI-generated art and copyright may also shape the extent to which AI is used in the art world.
In summary, it’s a combination of the ethics, technical limitations, and legal framework that will shape the impact of AI on the future of visual arts and artists.
Q: Can the legal framework keep pace with the technical development and progress of AI?
A: The legal framework surrounding AI-generated art and copyright can be complex and may not always keep pace with the technical development and progress of AI.
One of the main challenges in this area is determining the legal status of AI-generated works of art. Some argue that such works should be considered original and protected by copyright, while others believe they should be treated as derivative works or even not protected by copyright at all. Additionally, the question of who should be considered the “author” or “creator” of an AI-generated work of art can also be complex.
Another challenge is that AI technology is rapidly evolving, and it can be difficult for lawmakers to keep up with the latest developments and to anticipate how they might be used in the future. This means that laws and regulations may become outdated quickly, and may not effectively address new issues and challenges that arise as AI technology advances.
That being said, it’s important to note that many legal experts, organizations and researchers are working to keep up with the technical development and progress of AI and to ensure that laws and regulations are updated to address the unique challenges posed by AI.
In summary, keeping pace with the technical development and progress of AI in the legal framework surrounding AI-generated art and copyright can be complex and challenging, but it is important to ensure that laws and regulations are updated to address the unique challenges posed by AI and to promote fair and ethical use of the technology.
Q:How can creators most effectively leverage the power of AI?
A: Creators can most effectively leverage the power of AI by understanding the capabilities and limitations of the technology, and by using it in conjunction with their own creativity and expertise.
Here are a few ways that creators can effectively leverage the power of AI:
- Use AI to assist with tasks that are repetitive or time-consuming, such as image editing, compositing, and animation.
- Use AI to generate new ideas or inspiration by experimenting with different algorithms and input data.
- Use AI to analyze and understand art, which can help to better understand the context and meaning behind certain works.
- Use AI to explore new forms of art that would not be possible with traditional methods.
- ncorporate AI-generated elements into your work, but always consider the ethical implications and make sure that the final work is clearly attributed and copyrighted.
However, it’s also important to note that AI is not a replacement for human creativity and expertise. Creators should use AI as a tool to enhance and augment their own skills, rather than relying solely on the technology to generate their work. By combining the power of AI with their own creativity, creators can push the boundaries of what is possible and create truly unique and innovative works of art.
What do you think?
ChatGPT came up at our Christmas dinner conversation and was touted as a great way to get answers to questions. Being a local historian, I queried it on the history of our town. And then a few days later I asked it again. Two different days, two different answers. (At least the second answer did not claim that our community was named after (the entirely fictional brothers) John and William Dublin.) A little more research led me to the following quote: “ChatGPT is so good at generating convincing answers it is easy to forget that it is a model of language and not a source of wisdom.” (Paul Taylor, “On ChatGPT,” London Review of Books, 5 January 2023, p. 21. Paul Taylor is a professor at the University College London, Institute of Health Informatics.) ChatGPT should be seen as an automated conversation, with all the advantages and disadvantages that you would have with anyone (or anything) in a casual discussion. The answers are based on a variation of “I heard” … (or rather, “I found by parsing what I found all over the Internet that I have access to”). If we keep that in mind, we will put the appropriate weight on anything it says.
Thanks for the comment and insight Steve! Yes, it pays to keep the context in mind and to remember to consider the responses objectively. It’s a fascinating time to see how these tools develop.