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The Role of AI in Art: Exploring Creativity and Copyright

The Role of AI in Art: Exploring Creativity and Copyright

In an upcoming podcast by Doha Debates and Foreign Policy magazine, US-based artist Jason M. Allen delves into the use of AI in art for emerging artists. Allen’s artwork, Théâtre D’opéra Spatial, created using MidJourney and Gigapixel AI, garnered international acclaim after winning first prize at the Colorado State Air Fair in 2022. The piece portrays a futuristic opera being performed on a space theater set.

According to Allen, AI technology like MidJourney has the power to democratize the art-making process by making it accessible to anyone. Allen described the creation of Théâtre D’opéra Spatial as an iterative process that took over 80 hours. Despite having numerous other space opera theater images, Allen is unable to share them due to the copyright battle he is facing.

The copyright issue surrounding AI-generated artwork has become the focus of numerous lawsuits against companies like Microsoft, Meta, and OpenAI. Many artists argue that these companies train their AI using copyrighted works without permission or compensation. Molly Crabapple, a New York-based artist, emphasized that the purpose of these AI products is to replace and undermine working artists, as they produce soulless imitations at a fraction of the time and cost.

The podcast serves as a platform for a diverse range of opinions on AI and its impact on the artistic community. It aims to foster discussions and find common ground among participants.

– Doha Debates
– Foreign Policy magazine

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