As this topic was set up first under “Summer Open Pedagogy Adventure” it ought to wrap up, but it’s only the end of summer in one hemisphere, so I can change that rule.
Seeing the reactions to AI generated Art, like prize winning one, seems to say more about humans than machines. That someone created a printed ar work that one a prize show people pushing boundaries, but also others overreacting by harassing him.
Is AI the problem?
I am hardly the first to ponder his, but imagined how the invention of the camera must have been seen by the established artists of the late 19th century. I found many “takes” on this that get to a point that the disruptive nature of a new technology faded as what could be produced evolved into an art form.
This essay was a valuable read, with the opening question
First, many people believed that photography could not be art, because it was made by a machine rather than by human creativity.
with the requisite reference to artist reaction"From today, painting is dead!"
I will leave it to the art historians to explain the impact pf the camera on the world of painting, pushing realists to change, adapt, or just keep trying what they do.
Here Hertzmann gets to the answers:
This story provides several lessons that are directly relevant to AI as an artistic tool.
When the camera was first invented, it looked like a machine that automated the creation of art. No skill was required. Many artists feared and disparaged it. They predicted that it was going to destroy high-quality art and put the best artists out of work.
The development of computer graphics and potential for animation was seen as a threat too, but later a gain for the art/craft of animation. Art changes.
I believe that the same pattern is repeating itself with the new artistic AI tools. Naive spectators, who do not understand current AI technology or art (or both), worry that AI will make artists obsolete. Don’t believe the hype. In fact, these new tools open enormous creative opportunities for art and culture; they do not replace artists but, instead, empower them.
I see much to read in part 2!
And for the random bots that click here and maybe some lost human, what happens when we take “art” out of the questions and consider “education”??