Will A.I. Take Away Creative Artists’ Jobs Soon?

What started as simple Twitter drama* quickly escalated into a deeper battle between artists and artificial intelligence replicating their art.

According to an article published by Kotaku, artists are currently protesting the allowance of artificial intelligence (A.I.) generated art on the platform ArtStation. If you’ve seen images floating around of the word “AI” crossed out, this is because the platform that lots of artists use to upload their portfolios, and even receive jobs, has been completely flooded by A.I. generators stealing their artwork and reposting it onto the site. This is those artists’ form of protest.

Dan Eder, a video game character designer, showcased this by tweeting an image of ArtStation’s main page, and the top portfolio being of an A.I. generated image. He went on to say that the very idea of A.I. “art,” is disrespectful towards real artists, because it takes their hundreds of hours worth of work and ruins it by copying it by a prompt that someone types into their computer.

If you think this only affects visual artists, think again. You’ve probably seen videos floating around on YouTube of various people putting in prompts for A.I.’s to write movie scripts. Comedian Kurtis Conner recently published a video* that demonstrates it pretty well, and although hilarious, it also demonstrates what the bots are truly capable of.

These A.I.’s are only getting better. We’ve seen that machines are capable of replicating human skills, like Amazon replacing* their employee’s jobs with robots capable enough at doing the same to satisfy corporate higher-ups, and before the past year or so, A.I. generated artwork and literature was practically unheard of. Now, they’re getting closer and closer to mimicking something that took a human artist hours upon hours to produce. A machine produced a cohesive, written-out script to a movie. It seems as if we’re not careful, more and more jobs could become obsolete, taken by robots and computers.

But, that’s just speculation. Although it is getting harder to identify the A.I. from the artist, it’s still relatively noticeable. Do you think this problem will only get worse, or will the A.I.’s stay the same, and only be funny robots to tinker around with? Shoot me a message and let me know!


By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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