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  • Writer's pictureShaun Lewis

AI - Theft or Training?

We’ve discussed AI’s role in art and design, but things are developing at a rapid pace and we’re having a look at what the state of affairs is in 2022 and what’s coming up next.

Theft or training?

Whether someone is using an IA image creator to make fun mashups or new creations, the AI’s image knowledge needs to come from somewhere. If you ask an AI bot to create a space in the style of Kelly Wearstler, the bot needs to understand and be aware of its work to interpret and understand the task. The moral conundrum comes when a style replicated without the designer’s consent. This could be seen as intellectual property theft, as the AI would have to have been fed this information to learn how to interpret the user’s direction.

Direction or creation

Another aspect of AI-created artwork is who owns the finished work. Is it the user who directed the art bot or is it the creator of the bot or is it public domain? This issue of AI-created artwork ownership will be a hot topic of discussion as time goes on and as technology progresses. As things stand for a work to be copyrightable, the new creation must be sufficiently original and with the ai created artwork using learnings from previously created work, you’d have a tough time claiming your AI bot’s creation as your own.

Should you be updating your resume?

AI simply cannot be creative in the same way that humans are. It can generate fresh ideas, but it cannot create something truly original. As creatives, we solve problems and create new and innovative ideas. Simply giving a bot direction does not qualify as an artistic direction in our mind and although AI’s creations are impressive, they lack the emotional connection that we as humans possess. As designers and architects, you create homes, businesses and spaces that humans interact and live in, this understanding of human nature and emotions can’t (yet?) be replicated by any AI bot.

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