Controversy erupts over prize awarded to AI-generated art | Arts and Culture News

Critics say the textual content to picture system pose a menace to the livelihoods of human artists.

A recreation designer has sparked controversy after his artificial-intelligence-generated artwork piece received the highest spot at a contest in america with critics calling the win a menace to human artists in every single place.

Jason M Allen, 39, and his Theatre D’opera Spatial picture beat greater than a dozen different entries within the “digital arts/digitally-manipulated pictures” class on the Colorado State Honest.

The profitable paintings was created utilizing the AI software Midjourney – which turns strains of textual content into astonishingly lifelike graphics. The award got here with a $300 money prize.

AI instruments to generate photographs have been round for years with corporations similar to Google and OpenAI being notable traders in these text-to-image programs.

“I’m not going to apologise for it … I received and I didn’t break any guidelines,” Allen, who’s from Pueblo, Colorado, informed The New York Instances newspaper in an interview printed on Friday.

Nevertheless, many have taken to social media to specific their anger and despair over the award, arguing it took away from the arduous work invested by people to bodily create noteworthy artwork.

“Jason Allen, you’re NOT an artist. You might have by no means used precise instruments. Simply texts,” one social media consumer posted on Twitter. “Midjourney could be enjoyable, but it surely ought to by no means be used to cheat different artists.”

Some expressed concern it may endanger their livelihoods, whereas others stated AI-generated artwork ought to have its personal separate class going ahead – one thing Allen in an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper additionally recommended as a solution to resolve any future controversy.

“I’m okay with that, there’s no drawback with that. However somebody needed to be first,” Allen was quoted as saying.

In response to the Colorado newspaper, the 2 judges assigned to the class weren’t conscious Allen’s submission was AI generated – however they added it will not have modified their determination as they had been in search of “how the artwork tells a narrative, the way it invokes spirit”.