In recent years, AI has been able to create artwork, but is this positive or negative?

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In recent years, AI has been able to create artwork, but is this positive or negative?

Pro/Con: Is AI artwork doing more harm than good?

March 20, 2023

AI cheapens artistic expression

Although artificial intelligence has opened new doors for people, allowing them to easily generate artwork, writing, and even music, it causes more harm than good. 

AI-generated writing usually copies information it finds across the internet, meaning it tends to plagiarize and steal ideas from other writers. This muddies the water when it comes to writing styles and makes people more likely to copy instead of forming their own ideas.

Plagiarism can also become an issue when AI-generated writing is used for school projects and similar works. Now that AI writing is easily accessible to most people, some may choose to use it to make filler writing to complete assignments more quickly. 

Additionally, this is a problem since AI-generated writing could be argued as being a form of cheating on school assignments. 

Likewise, AI-generated artwork also steals from pre-existing artwork and photographs it can find on the internet. This discourages people from creating their own artwork and forming their own style. 

Aside from stealing from other artists, generating artwork with AI also hurts the original artist by cheapening their creations. There is a lot of practice, dedication, and creativity that goes into being able to draw skillfully, especially when it comes to realistic aesthetics. 

Now that people have the option of creating artwork with AI, stealing bits and pieces from the work of various artists and forming a talentless creation, actual artists will be less appreciated.

Much of the artwork that comes out of these programs also has a distinctly uncanny and soulless feel to it. Gritty details are usually nonspecific and blurry-looking.

This process may also entail copyright infringement depending on whether the AI is pulling from copyrighted artwork and photos. This can be hard for the program to check for, and most AIs do not decipher between copyrighted material and public domain.

The question of copyright is a difficult and vital one when it comes to these creations. As of now it seems that most artists share a consensus that AI-generated artwork is copyright infringement.

There is also a slowly developing effort for AI to create music. In its current state, it typically splices inputted songs to create mashups. This is generally a safe process, and most people do it for fun, but making money off of it would remain questionable. 

Generally, AI-generated media discourages creativity and hurts hard-working artists and writers who spent a lot of time sharpening their craft.

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AI makes artistic creation available to all

The use of Artificial Intelligence, or “AI,” is a new and innovative way to express one’s creativity. Its popularity has exploded over recent years with artificial intelligence being more accessible and advanced than ever before. 

While many people criticize the use of artificial intelligence for creative purposes, it has done a great deal to benefit amateur artists, writers, and musicians alike. ChatGPT, DALL-E 2, and Dream are just a few of the many artificial intelligence programs that have been created in recent years for the purpose of creating art, music, and writing. 

AI is everywhere and accessible by nearly everyone with access to a computer. As a result, more people than ever have had the opportunity to express themselves, even if they are not very talented. 

Not everybody is a great artist, writer, or musician. However, this should not prevent people from being able to express themselves. AI fills in the gap between skill and imagination. The user comes up with the ideas and the software generates the result. 

Now, people don’t have to spend years learning how to play an instrument or learn to draw in order to create incredible creative works.

Also, because artificial intelligence programs mainly operate over the internet, they are extremely easy to use and cost-effective. 

At the very most, some AI programs have very small fees in order to use them. However, they are free to use for the most part. This helps contribute to their immense accessibility. Now, aspiring expressionists do not need expensive equipment or specialized facilities to create their masterpieces. 

There is also no need for users of AI to go to an art studio or music studio to create works. This allows for people who may live in locations without the necessary facilities or who are more financially challenged to have similar opportunities to experienced musicians or artists. 

The introduction of artificial intelligence programs has allowed the aspiring or casual musician, artist, or writer to create on a more equal playing field with those who are more experienced or wealthy. 

Many people all over the world suffer from disabilities that may hinder their mental and physical capabilities. This should not be a limitation for someone who wishes to create their own music, art, or writing. 

Artificial intelligence could allow people with disabilities who are unable to play an instrument, hold a paintbrush, or use a pencil to express themselves. They can tell the software their ideas and it will create a project with their original vision in mind. 

AI takes out the need for refined skill, which could be a barrier for those who suffer from disabilities. AI allows them to create works which can be on par with that of a professional. 

Artificial intelligence is a revolution for those looking to create expressive work but may lack the skills, money, or time required to compete with experienced professionals. For the first time, average people are now able to create impressive works of art, writing, and music easily. 

This is also possible for those who are disadvantaged or who may have disabilities. AI is art, music, and writing for the average person and has expanded the freedom of expression to many. 

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