Oh boy, where to begin with this mess? So, AI art is still causing controversy, with some people loving it and others hating it. It’s been banned from a famous image website, won an art competition, and there was even a big protest about it on another website where artists can post their work. And now, a human artist named Ben Moran, who makes art under the name Minh Anh Nguyen Hoang, was banned from a subreddit for posting a piece of art that was accused of being created by AI.
The art in question was called “A Muse in Warzone,” and it was taken down from the r/art subreddit because it supposedly broke the rule against “low-quality work: memes, filters, and AI.”
When Moran asked nicely for an explanation, they were told by a moderator that they should “find a different style” because no one would believe they made the art and AI can do it better.
The thing is, Moran has proof that they made the art, and they’re a professional artist who works for a business called Kart Studio. The art was part of a commission for a fantasy book series.
When other users on the subreddit found out about the ban, they protested and the subreddit had to be set to private for a while. The moderator of the subreddit said they stand by the ban, but also admitted that they’re just unpaid volunteers who sometimes say things they don’t mean. Moran, meanwhile, doesn’t think much of AI art, saying that it takes away from the passion for creating art.
Moderator can’t believe the art is created by a human
“I don’t believe you,” said the moderator. “Even if you did ‘paint’ it yourself, it’s so obviously an AI-prompted design that it doesn’t matter. If you really are a ‘serious’ artist, then you need to find a different style, because A) no one is going to believe you when you say it’s not AI, and B) the AI can do better in seconds what might take you hours. Sorry, it’s the way of the world.”
“Wow, thanks for the constructive criticism,” replied Ben Moran, aka Minh Anh Nguyen Hoang, sarcastically. “I’ll just go ahead and throw away all my hard work and years of training as an artist because some random moderator on the internet told me to. No problem.”
But seriously, this situation raises some interesting questions about the future of art and AI. As AI technology continues to advance, will human artists become obsolete? Will AI be able to create works of art that are indistinguishable from those made by humans? And if so, what does that mean for the art world and the value of art in general?
These are tough questions to answer, and the truth is, no one really knows what the future holds. Some people are excited about the possibilities of AI in art and see it as a new frontier to be explored. Others are more skeptical, arguing that there’s something special about art created by a human being with all their flaws, emotions, and personal touch.
As for Ben Moran, they fall into the latter category. “There’s no passion if you can create an artwork that way,” they said. “And the biggest problem is that I worry about the development of AI art, all of the artists will lose their passion to create a painting.”
It’s understandable why someone might feel this way. After all, creating art is often a deeply personal and emotional experience. But at the same time, it’s important to remember that new technologies have always been a part of the art world, from the invention of the printing press to the development of digital tools. And while these technologies may change the way art is made, they haven’t necessarily made human artists irrelevant.
So, will AI take over the art world? It’s possible, but it’s also possible that human artists will find ways to use AI in their work or incorporate it into their own unique styles. In the end, the future of art and AI is up to us, and it’s up to artists like Ben Moran to keep pushing boundaries and finding new ways to create and express themselves.
“You know, I’m starting to think I should just give up and become a AI artist myself,” said Moran with a laugh. “At least then I wouldn’t have to worry about being banned from subreddits or being accused of being a robot. I could just let the algorithm do all the work for me.”
But in all seriousness, Moran has no plans to give up their art or succumb to the pressure of the AI hype. They’ll continue to create and share their work, and they hope that other artists will do the same. After all, as Moran said, “Art is about expressing oneself and connecting with others, not about following trends or being dictated to by algorithms.”
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