If you’ve been on the internet and on social media for quite some time now, we’re sure that you’ve caught wind of this controversy concerning AI artworks and artists.
Well, to sum it up real quickly, it’s just this: artists have been rallying and condemning AI artists and their so-called “artworks” for the following reasons: One, it’s belittling their line of work. Two, it’s discrediting all the works they’ve done by hand. Three, the one making the “art” isn’t even human. Four, did we mention that it’s stealing? And five, it’s plagiarism.
What would you feel if your work has been copied and stolen? How about if others took full credit for something you had conceptualized for weeks and months?
Wouldn’t you feel mad, or angry, or disappointed, or everything in between?
Yeah, that’s just how every single artist whose had their works run under an AI generator feels like. If anything, almost everyone on the Internet finds AI art as a disgrace, a disappointment, and a blatant disrespect to the artists who have been working nonstop just to form and develop their craft.
Here’s how artists and people on the Internet have been reacting to it:
So there is a full NFT collection of 400 unique images created by AI called Punks by Hanuka which we had nothing to do with. This somehow manages to steal our past and future at the same time
why artists don't like AI art, explained with the good ol' cake analogy pic.twitter.com/iNFmFLIsI9
— amie l. 🍵 (@teacupbun) December 5, 2022
i just really wanna emphasize the fact that the most famous person actively speaking against AI art is renowned filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and the most famous person selling and endorsing AI art is Donald Trump
— kenzie (@pk_kenzie) December 15, 2022
In one breath AI people tell us we're greedy for wanting compensation for our work, and in the next they say we're careless for posting art publicly for free.
— John Ramsey 🐁⚔ (@jramseyi) December 16, 2022
Is it just me, or has the past two years been insane for the art community? We went from “each piece of art is unique, and a commodity” with NFTs, to “art is worthless, everyone copies anyways” with these AI images.
— Mick Jundt (@MickJundt) December 16, 2022
— Reno-pixellu (@RPixellu) December 16, 2022
Do those AI bros genuinely not realise that like… Artists ENJOY the act of creating art? They keep pushing the same rhetoric of "ooo it'll get you to the end product faster!" fam I LIKE DRAWING that's the entire point!!!
— ✨Blaze✨AI smells🤟 (@Blaze_TFD) December 17, 2022
very simple explanation why AI 'art' is actually just a theft pic.twitter.com/KH04Sy4uxA
— mimi 🤍 (@sinrael) December 16, 2022
Artists have even begun a protest against AI art. It’s that serious. Some have even included the hashtag “#HumanArtists” to their posts because that is what art is—alive and human.
A wonderful thing to see.
Artists protesting in Artstation proves that AI has been stealing art from the trending page, and "AI artists" getting upset is just so funny to me. pic.twitter.com/n96jZFGgmG
— BrokenDarling✨COMMISSIONS ARE CLOSED✨ (@bruneshah) December 17, 2022
— Mohamed "TheFearMaster" Saad (ANTI AI ARC) (@TFMsaad) December 17, 2022
In light of the protest going on against AI art, I wanted to share my take on this issue ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/tP1rCTwsq3
— Loish (@loishh) December 15, 2022
— Salty |COMMS 0/10| (@SaltyPepprSpice) December 15, 2022
— Joyce Silva (@joysilvart) December 14, 2022
Art, according to the dictionary, is the expression of human creative skill and imagination—something that AI art fails to have. Yes, AI art may be operated by humans, but it doesn’t mean that humans are actually behind the creative process and the end product of it.
There’s one thing that’s missing in AI art, and it’s the human aspect of it. In those so-called artworks, we see beauty yes, but it somehow feels hollow. When we look at artworks done by human artists, we see a breath of life, a part of their lives that they choose to represent by their creativity.
And the fact that “AI artists” are stealing and discrediting works of real artists is offensive. It diminishes the lives these artists have led, just for the creation and capitalization of art. That, among other things, is what makes AI art problematic.
Don’t support it.
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