ART-ificial Intelligence, Part 1 | Jude Ross | 8 Min Read

Part 1 of a three-part series.

March 13, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) and how it affects the art world have recently captured the attention of the news media. AI has revolutionized many industries, and art is no exception. This relatively new technology has the potential to enhance and augment traditional art-making processes, but it also raises important ethical and philosophical questions about the role of the artist and the value of human creativity. This article explores the pros and cons of AI in art, the shifting nature of artistic authorship, the ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI-generated content, and the history of appropriation in art. Because the article is lengthy, it is split into two parts.

One advantage of AI is it can help artists explore new possibilities and techniques that are difficult or impossible for a human to achieve. For example, AI algorithms can generate unique and complex patterns and compositions beyond the capabilities of most artists. AI can also create digital artworks that are interactive and responsive to their environment, providing new opportunities for audience engagement.

Yet the use of AI in art also raises questions about authorship, copyright laws, fair-use laws, the role of the artist, and the value of human creativity. The idea that AI algorithms use art created by others to generate amalgamation images has led to a debate about the authenticity and value of AI-generated art. For example, how much of the image is truly unique? Are AI artwork and designs able to be copied and used without permission? Who owns the copyright? Some even argue that AI-generated art is fundamentally different from traditional art, as it is created by a machine rather than a human being. Questions, therefore, remain as to whether it is comparable to art created by humans, as well as concerns over the protection of intellectual property and the ability of artists to control and profit from their work.

It is important to recognize that the use of technology in art is not a new phenomenon. Artists have been using technology to augment and enhance their work for centuries, from the printing press to Photoshop. The question of whether AI-generated art can be considered “real” art is not a new one either, as it is similar to debates about the role of the artist and the value of artistic expression that has been happening for centuries.

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Jude Ross

Jude Ross teaches at The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain (NV). He has lived on four continents and has been educating students in the U.S. and in international schools for over 17 years. He received two Masters degrees, an MFA in Painting and Drawing, and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction.