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Revolutions in art are nothing new, but this one, some think, may be terminal.
“Art is dead Dude”, Jason M Allen told the New York Times.
Mr Allen is the winner of the Colorado State Art Fair’s competition in the category of “emerging digital artists”.
His winning entry “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” was made using Midjourney, an artificial intelligence system that enables images to be created simply by inputting a few text prompts – for example “an astronaut riding a horse”.
Many artists were furious, but Mr Allen was unmoved: “It’s over. A.I. won. Humans lost”, he told the paper.
Mr Allen earned just $300 (£262) from the contest, but the news struck a tender nerve.

Some artists were already fearful that a new breed of AI image generator could take their jobs, and take a free ride on the years spent learning their craft.
“This thing wants our jobs, it’s actively anti-artist”, wrote California-based movie and game concept artist RJ Palmer in a Tweet liked more than 25,000 times.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: September 15th, 2022

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-62788725

Discussion

  1. Really the question should be “What is art?”!
  2. Does it matter that AI created the art piece?
  3. In what ways could this technology be put to good business use?

I went to midjourney AI at midjourney.com and put in “professor in a classroom teaching students”. In seconds these are some of the results.

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