Thursday, June 2, 2022

A Good Explainer on AI Art

I'm honored that Vox media asked me to be part of this video about AI-generated artwork. 

If you don't want to watch the whole thing, I make a brief appearance at 10:25

Producer Joss Fong and her team came up with the brilliant explanation on what actually happens with a deep learning model. 

At 5:59 she explains multi-dimensionality with the example of yellow banana vs. red balloon. It's intriguing that we can't possibly know, in human terms, the criteria that the system is using to arrive at its results, or exactly what features it's extracting when a certain artist's name is used in the prompt.

There's a hidden bonus video that explores the reactions of various artists. 

Please add your comments:

• How do you feel this technology will affect the business and practice of art that you do?
• Do you want to use these tools?
• Will they change what you do or how you do it?  

I don't feel directly threatened by the tech, but I realize it will offer art buyers a cheap and fast method for generating editorial illustration, album cover art, and concept art. So it puts professional artists in those fields on notice and gives anyone the keys to becoming both an artist or an art director. 

As an art watcher, I have a kind of morbid curiosity to see where the technology is headed next, and I dread the onslaught of cheap surrealism that is already flooding social media. Another thing I've noticed is that there's a shelf life to each new set of tools, just as there is for each new type of VFX technique. Each new set of tools becomes old hat, as 


CerverGirl said...

I don't give my attention to AI art, though I figure a form of it will continue because technology is part of our society/consciousness now. I figure if I give my attention to the real-life quality art supplies, using them with the goal of creating lasting, quality art, as much as possible before I transition this life, whatever else happens doesn't hurt. I intend to look at classic fine art in museums in future lives to come...including yours.

CerverGirl said...

Well, I wrote my previous comment before I watched the video...
Now that the issue of copyright is there, copying from artists' works is obviously unwanted.
But I still affirm the original artwork, somehow, somewhere, has its own standing, deserves its own attention, and I believe giving attention to an unwanted problem only gives it energy to continue.

I am so grateful for your books and videos...they enlighten art and artists in ways that are very much desired.

Joel Fletcher said...

Certainly this technology will cause some artists to lose work. However, it seems that making edits or giving notes, which is typical in the business, would be very limited. Currently you have to accept whatever the AI generates. But fine-tuning will probably be possible soon.

I am very interested in trying this out. Mainly to apply ideas and concepts that would be unique. And for the pure fun of it of course.

AI art must require tremendous computational power, probably not possible on home computers. I have not seen any information about that.

While AI art may devalue human-made digital art, the side effect may be that hand-made traditional media will be even more precious.

Vladimir Venkov said...

It will really depend on the way the artist uses it - if it is just a helper I think it can bring a lot of good stuff, but if it is used as a replacement I think it is going to kill the joy of creation as it is going to be very effortlessly to create an amazing images/animations very quickly. Because of the way we function as humans the more work we invest when creating something the more we value it...

Wendy said...

Deeply depressing for anyone that makes a living creating art.

Dave Lebow said...

Thank you for putting the link to this fascinating video on your blog, which I read religiously every few days.