“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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