Artists gather to rally against AI art

With the “No to AI-generated pictures” campaign, both professional and amateur artists complained about how fast AI-generated images are spreading and pushed for rules in this area. In general, AI-generated pictures or art refer to artwork made by artificial intelligence computers.

Dustin Panzino, also known as ‘inkwell drawings’ on social media and with over 100k followers, joined the “NO to AI-generated pictures” campaign and highlighted the concerns that this kind of art presents for artists who rely on their work on his Instagram account.

After Panzino uploaded an image of the campaign’s slogan, he said he doesn’t agree with the unethical practice of image scouring, which many AIs do. “It takes a lifetime to learn how to make art, and it’s just wrong for our work to be stolen and sold,” the artist said.

He said that AI sampling of art needs to be regulated because it causes artists to be underpaid, undervalued, and fired. Panzino said that artists would not be able to pay to make new work if their intellectual property and copyrights were not protected, because “AI allows theft at this level.” This artist feels that throwing away stolen work is unethical.

ArtStation, the best site for gaming, film, media, and entertainment artist portfolios, is getting criticized for showing AI-generated art. This is because some artists think it’s a bad thing to have their work shown alongside AI-generated art.

ArtStation issued a statement explaining that, as a platform that promotes artists and invention, it does not forbid the usage of AI. The official website for the platform says that new tags will let artists say whether they want their work to be part of AI art or not.

Mexican Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro entered the discussion and remarked “I consume and adore art generated by people. That has absolutely moved me. And I’m not interested in machine-generated visuals or information extrapolation,” he said earlier this month in an interview with Decider media.

The terrifying emergence of AI technology has been a growing worry in recent years

The new technology has the potential to copy people in a variety of ways, across several sectors, and in an unsettlingly human-like manner, posing a threat to many professions.

AI is reliant on pre-programmed facts, which is why it lacks the ‘creativity’ and ’emotions’ that people have. Movies from the early 2000s that vilified technology are partly to blame for the fear and paralysis caused by artificial intelligence and robots that people experience today.

Will Smith’s 2004 movie “I Robot” is about a world in the future where sentient robots work to protect people and one of the humans dies at the end. It established the tone for many subsequent films. Even though it was published years later, Dennis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” has a similar unpleasant message. The narrative takes place in a dehumanized society ruled by AI. In this world, humans are the outcasts.

The issue is gradually shifting from AI hurting artists to AI endangering mankind. It was previously viewed in simple situations, such as robots taking over occupations and machines operating in a biased way, but is now being investigated deeper and more seriously.

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