This post is an extention of my presentation. I felt this topic was also applicable in this setting and I felt, I had more to add than the presentation allowed.
AI’s growth in digital media sparks controversy about its potential misuse for the future. As this technology becomes increasingly accessible to the public, its improvements raise concerns. While AI’s advancements are certainly impressive, they do pose a threat to certain human professions and creative processes.
The accessibility of AI-based tools has gone up substantially, letting more and more individuals use its power. What once required specialized knowledge about a subject and resources is now available at the click of a button. This leap in technology seems like a step forward for humanity and it will certainly improve efficiency on a lot of fronts but it also has its downsides.
A major consequence of AI’s improvement over the years lies in the removal of job opportunities across creative industries. Professions such as writers, artists and musicians that encompass human emotion, imagination, and personal touch into their work are at a huge risk of being replaced by AI’s.
Algorithms nowadays can already very adeptly generate articles, paint landscapes or compose melodies. mirroring human creativity. While these AI-generated outputs might mimic human work, they lack the depth, emotional resonance, and genuine human experiences that define creativity.
AI’s infiltration into these creative processes risks rendering creative processes obsolete. Creativity is an innately human trait, born from emotions, experiences, and imagination. Allowing an AI with none of these characteristics to assume creative roles disregards the essence of craftsmanship that individuals have perfected over years of practice and dedication. It takes away the soul and authenticity of creative expression and reduces it to a mechanical process devoid of life.
While AI’s capabilities have improved to the point where it might look like a human could have made it, it lacks the essence that makes art so special. True creativity is a reflection of human emotions, uniqueness and individuality, and the reason why the existence of art is so fantastic is not because of the quality of the art, it’s because the artist spent their life gaining experience and putting their soul into something that can be shared with the world.
Furthermore, AI can’t truly create something new from scratch. These algorithms need to take aspects from existing media and paste it together to form something ‘new.’ This arises questions about the authenticity of AI’s work and if the use of AI could be seen as plagiarism. Furthermore, when an AI uses such an art piece as a reference, it does not understand the underlying emotions and memories associated with the creation of the art piece and thus could also totally misuse the art and incorporate it into something that the original artist would have not wanted to
While AI’s capabilities are remarkable, they should complement our creativity rather than replace it. Using AI as a tool to improve our human potential is crucial. In essence, while AI’s integration into digital media can produce some remarkable outputs, it threatens to replace the essence of human creativity. Making sure that we recognize and preserve our creativity during these technological advancements is essential if we want to preserve the value of artistic expression in the future.