There's already so many things that have been said about AI, especially AI art. I've been mostly sitting on the sidelines watching this equally fascinating and terrifying technology evolve faster than we can keep up with. I've also been thinking about it a lot and what it means for you, me, and all of us as creators.
To start, I think it's safe to say that Pandora's Box has already been opened. I've seen some advocate for the regulation or even destruction of AI art software and tools. But it's too late. There's so many AI art tools - both open source and not - that are rapidly evolving and in the hands of millions of people.
Because of this, we must learn to live with the technology. AI art isn't going anywhere, for better or worse. So the best we can do is figure out how we can protect ourselves from it, like making sure the places where we share and enjoy eachother's art isn't polluted by a never ending flood of AI generated art. Because let's face it, we can't keep up. AI doesn't get tired, it doesn't need to take breaks, and its only limitations are dictated by the power we give it.
All emerging technologies have been used for good and evil, and this time is no different. I do genuinely believe that AI can be used as a force for good for artists. I believe that all artists should strive to understand the technology, if only so that you can take control of your own AI art model and essentially take ownership of something that should belong to you before someone else does.
That being said, I think the future of AAA game studio and entertainment industry art could be very grim. The pessimist in me sees artists - who are already treated poorly by most corporations - being relegated to doing nothing but touching up and correcting piles and piles of AI generated art. I don't know how long this would last or how bad it would get, but I don't think we're far off from this becoming a reality.
Nothing will be the same again, but we don't know how much things will change yet. Some artists fear their livelihoods will be at stake and they will lose their jobs to AI. But I think there will always be a desire for human-made art, the same as there is desire for anything hand-crafted or made independently. And if anyone was to have you replaced by an AI, you don't want to work for them anyway, because they clearly never respected you to begin with.
AI can only become more powerful. And the more powerful it becomes, the less accessible it will be to the average person. I believe that someday AI will be such a technological force that it will be prohibitively expensive or simply inaccessible to the public at large, so much so that we will go full circle and it will simply be cheaper and more practical to hire human beings for the jobs AI was doing. Perhaps I'm wrong, and AI is just a passing fad. But when I look at how rapidly AI is evolving, it really does feel like the next epoch in human technological advancement. Computers, the internet, the smartphone, and now AI. I think that's where we are.
Again I will say that I am fascinated and terrified of this emerging technology. I can't help but feel we're getting so very close to playing god and tapping in to something we maybe shouldn't have. But in the meantime, we can do nothing but go along for the ride. So stay informed, don't give up, and keep adapting. The world is moving fast, too fast - so all we can do is try keep up.