AI art: creation or replication?

AI-GENERATED artwork by Jason M. Allen wins art contest at Colorado State Fair. The New York Times

AJ Cabagbag | Student Life Editor

September 30, 2022

We have seen technology excel in mechanical precision and accuracy, however, it is now taking its capabilities to the next level with its application in art.

Artificial intelligence (AI) generators are accessible with a simple internet search and allow users to create artwork based on text input and image references, coining the term “Creative AI.” Instead of calculating algorithms that follow a rigid set of rules, programmers of the AI account for the abstract aspect of art through coding their program to “learn” and adopt a specific aesthetic of one’s choice by cross-referencing and analyzing thousands of images related to its given text-input.

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Creative AI is relatively popular with the general public, mostly used through mass websites and social media filters, but its use in the world of critically-acclaimed art is rather controversial, walking the line between creation and replication. From the perspective of critical artists, creative AI is merely a series of codings that overlap pre-existing images and invalidate the authenticity of expression in works of traditional art. “I think the results from AI look great, but I do understand where people are coming from when they say it is too technological,” senior Emma Fann stated.

While some are pessimistic, others see this new medium as an open door to further artistic expression. Some found practical use in generated art, using it to restore damaged areas of pre-existing art pieces, and others use a mix of traditional mediums and AI to create original hybrid works. Just as critics emphasize art’s pride in being the most abstract, supporters of creative AI optimize its interpretive definition, saying that some may find that abstract intention to be best expressed through technology. Senior Coco Meyerhofer explained “[p]ersonally, I don’t think that art has any kind of limitations. Art is creativity and intentionality, so I think that if someone is programming AI to create what they perceive as art, who are we to determine whether it is valid? Art, even when created through technology, is still art. AI doesn’t change that.”

No matter where it really stands in its validity of being art, technology proves to be a compelling force that continues to show its versatility in the various aspects of life.

2 Comments on AI art: creation or replication?

  1. AI I believe brings their images from the web like google. Then recreating the images in a lower quality but still very accurate to what you might find on google

  2. I AI art could be an inspirational form of art work, like you said. But I think maybe it should be separated from other art forms because I feel like other art forms, like painting or drawing by hand, require a lot more effort.

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