Of course, just because machines can almost autonomously produce art, it doesn’t mean they will replace artists. It simply means that artists will have an additional creative tool at their disposal, one they could even collaborate with.
I often compare AI art to photography. When photography was first invented in the early 19th century, it wasn’t considered art—after all, a machine was doing much of the work. The tastemakers resisted, but eventually relented: A century later, photography became an established fine art genre. Today, photographs are exhibited in museums and auctioned off at astronomical prices.
I have no doubt that art produced by artificial intelligence will go down the same path. (American Scientist, 2019)
[Are] these tools put an entire class of creatives at risk? . . . But Palmer argues that artwork such as illustration for articles, books or album covers may soon face competition from AI, undermining a thriving area of commercial art.
The owners of AI image generators tend to argue that on the contrary, these tools democratise art...But if everyone can harness AI to create technically masterful images, what does it say about the essence of creativity?
Emerging applications right now are more prosaic including moodboards for design consulting, storyboards for films, and mock-ups for interior design (The Guardian, Nov 2022)
Several months ago, an MIT Technology Review article wrote that Greg Rutkowski’s name was used at least 93,000 times to produce images using Stable Diffusion. Greg Rutkowski is an artist from Poland who is known for producing epic fantasy scenes, having created illustrations for things like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. If Stable Diffusion can create Rutkowski-like works by being instructed to “produce an epic fantasy scene with a fire breathing dragon fighting a noble warrior in the style of Greg Rutkowski,” why would anyone hire Rutkowski for his art any more? This AI generated content could be produced much more quickly and at a lower cost than commissioning Rutkowski for a custom piece. And, of course, this could apply to any artist and any style.
(Creative Commons, March 2023)