Onegai shimasu (おねがい します)
The image you see was assembled with the help of an AI tool. I assembled it for a couple of reasons: I wanted to be familiar with this AI tool as a pre-vis tool and I wanted to see if I could match the lighting in photography with a light rig. The AI tool did a pretty good job.
This blog post was inspired by some recent conversations I’ve had with various folks.
The AI controversy continues. I’ll stick to my view: people who call themselves “AI Artists” is insulting. It minimizes the creative process and skill that took years for one to develope.
Would you want someone to do brain surgery on you because they have access to AI even though they’ve never done surgery? My guess is the answer would be “hell no”.
A person who attempted to copyright an image assembled with the help of AI, failed to copyright it. You can watch a vid that explains it here:
I’ll be noting the games and film industry, which I’m familiar with: it takes a great deal to complete a game or a film. Writers, producers, programmers, artists, audio-designers/musicians, etc. are making choices in their craft to creatively finish their tasks at hand. They rely on their training to come up with unique solutions to problems that AI CAN’T develop on its own.
I follow a photographer who tests new hardware and software geared to photography. She was able to swap a sky in one photo with another sky shot she took (with a similar lighting) and using AI in the software she was testing. The final photo turned out great. Because she took the alternate sky photo, all art is hers. AI helped her with the composite. Totally cool. In this case AI is helping the artist in a very tough task. IMHO this is a very valid use of AI. It helped with images SHE made, ergo, the art IS hers. AI will be incorporated in the average software we use to help speed up our work. That is a given. When AI is used responsibly AI can be a boon.
AI tools can be used with abuse.
My son talks about other students who write term papers using AI. Yet, the students can’t string a paragraph together that makes sense, on average. Fortunately, their teacher saw this and the students were called out.
There is no shortcut to genuine critical thinking, dicipline, creativity, and honed skills.