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What’s the thing you know about AI art? Are you sure you truly know about it?

AI art recently become a trend where AI is being used to generate a form of art by using command or picture resources. AI can create original works through a variety of machine learning self-learning algorithms that extract information from data. The creation of AI art requires the input of both the human artist and the AI system; however, the degree of autonomy can vary widely, and the final product is highly dependent on the accuracy of the training data.

AI art is artwork (visual, audio, or otherwise) generated by a machine learning process—that is, a machine has “learned” some information, and used it to produce a new AI-generated image. Humans may have collected the data, or written instructions for the machine to use, but the process of creation is left to the machine.

Machine learning is a process in which a computer system learns how to perform a task better in two ways either through exposure to environments that provide punishments and rewards (reinforcement learning) or by training with specific data sets (the system learns automatically and improves from previous experiences).

AI Art controversy

Surely there are 2 sides of people who thought “oh AI art is very helpful ” and ” AI art steals artist’s work”

There once was a controversy on social media of people arguing between two sides people but the reason the topic became hot was the controversy of stealing artists’ art. Since the AI couldn’t be working without a resource, so most of the pictures and art resources would be getting from existing work.

Sarah Andersen – Kelly McK­er­nan – Karla Ortiz

There was the case that a group of artists—Sarah Andersen, Kelly McK­er­nan, and Karla Ortiz—has filed a class-action lawsuit against the AI giants behind these magic avatar tools, claiming that they’ve have violated the copyrights of millions of artists by using their work to train image generators. Shortly, stock photo licensing giant Getty Images followed suit, with their own, well, suit—stating that while it “believes artificial intelligence has the potential to stimulate creative endeavors,” the parent company behind Stable Diffusion, Stability, AI did not pursue the official licensing Getty Images provides to technology innovators seeking to train their artificial intelligence systems. Rather, they “unlawfully copied and processed millions of images protected by copyright” to the detriment of the content creators.

The suit alleges that these companies “violated the rights of millions of artists” by using billions of internet images to use train its AI art tool without the “consent of artists and without compensating any of those artists.” These companies “benefit commercially and profit richly from the use of copyrighted images,” the suit alleges. “The harm to artists is not hypothetical,” the suit says, noting that works created by generative AI art are “already sold on the internet, siphoning commissions from the artists themselves.” The group is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Another big controversy over AI happened at a competition in August, Allen, a game designer who lives in Pueblo West, Colorado, won first place in the emerging artist division’s “digital arts/digitally-manipulated photography” category at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition. His winning image, titled “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” (French for “Space Opera Theater”), was made with Midjourney — an artificial intelligence system that can produce detailed images when fed written prompts.

“Théâtre D’opéra Spatial”

Allen had posted excitedly about his win on Midjourney’s Discord server on August 25, along with pictures of his three entries; it went viral on Twitter days later, with many artists angered by Allen’s win because of his use of AI to create the image.

Allen, said his pieces were created with a computer, thus they were put in the “Digital Art” category. He also claims that he stated the work was created using Midjourney when he submitted it, but this seems to have been omitted when his work was hung for judging. It’s unclear if the judges knew that the piece had been created by AI.

A Colorado newspaper reported that two judges were unaware that Allen’s submission was AI-generated, but they added that it wouldn’t change their decision because they were looking for “how the art tells a story and how it invokes spirit” instead.

How does AI art affect artists?

Many artists and other people are calling out and want people to avoid using AI art. Twitter trends are full of pieces of top VTubers and fan prompts generating AI art, and their art tags are bombarded with computer-made pieces that’s becoming harder to distinguish from someone’s hand-drawn work. 

As a Vtuber who relies on artists’ hand-drawn art, Takanashi Kiara, Vtuber from Hololive production has stated her opinion on AI art for art hashtag and kindly asked for a request through Twitter. 

From the artist’s side, there’s a genuine fear of what this could mean for the future of VTubing. It’s not just fan art that’s an issue. AI art could become the norm for someone looking for a cheap VTuber model, taking work away from artists who have practiced their skills for years. Why commission pieces when you can use a service for a cheaper price?

“The main problem with AI art as it’s being used now is the copyright infringement and dubious legality of stealing someone’s work and using it commercially without any license, no payment to the artists, not even a mention of the artists in the database.”

What is happening right now though isn’t helping artists in the VTuber space. They don’t materially benefit the VTuber, who has their image thrown through these programs which adds a copyright issue to using the art in thumbnails. It definitely doesn’t help artists, whose work is helping feed these machines without consent.

All it does is benefit developers behind the AI art programs, who put subscription fees and licenses on their code to profit off the creation. It can also benefit the users: Midjourney shares in its Terms of Service the creator “owns all Assets you create with the Services” with some exceptions, even if it ostensibly mashes together art without a license from others.

In the other hand, some people are saying AI art could help artists as references and muse to create art. Thoughts on artists on AI art are particularly on two sides and they are able to choose themself to consume or not about the AI art. As Vtuber who was create from artists, to avoid conflict and copyright problem as some of them are staying with a company would likely to avoid getting themselves into the conversation which could negatively effect both themselves and the company.

What makes AI art different from other AI?

Ai art is a form of ai, but what’s the difference between another form of ai? There is a thing called Vocaloid, which is a singing voice synthesizer software product.

Vocaloid has been around since 2000. That year, a man named Kenmochi Hideki worked with the company Yamaha. Together, they made the first version of the technology. Since then, Vocaloid software has continued to improve and grow in popularity.

The software enables users to synthesize “singing” by typing in lyrics and melody and also “speech” by typing in the script of the required words. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice.

Yamaha released the fifth version of Vocaloid software in 2018. Today, voice banks come in five languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English. However, most options are in Japanese, as Vocaloid songs are most popular in Japan.

A famously known Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku is one of the vocals provided for using, or what you called a voice bank. Hatsune Miku voiced by actor Saki Fujita, the character has been featured in over 100,000 songs. In fact, Hatsune Miku is so popular that some people even call her a virtual pop star. In English, her name translates to “the first sound from the future.” Hatsune Miku may be the most well-known Vocaloid character, but others have also gained popularity in recent years. A few examples are Meiko, Kaito, and Kagamine Rin. A character named Oliver is the most widely used English-speaking Vocaloid.

What made AI art and Vocaloid different is that even though they are ai-based, Vocaloid only provides you a voice to use for your music, but arrangement, melody, and lyrics are your creation. For ai art, you could easily just type something for it to generate in a form of art from an existing resource for others.

As ai is starting to take over in some places and is being used as a tool to help people in many ways, surely there could be future development that going to make ai stronger and more useful than humans. From we’ve seen in many the movies, AI might take over the world as now we’re having AI like chat gpt, AI art generator and many people are rely on it without questioning or being aware about it. By this, we should find a better way for both human and AI to work together and benefits one another rather than fighting against a place.

What about you, What do you think the future of AI would be?

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