My first encounter with Midjourney, a well-known AI. Image generator, impressed and fascinated me and prompted me to get involved in playful experimentation with different ideas. However, my enthusiasm quickly faded as I became aware of the concerns and outrage that resonated among artists around the world.
The learning algorithm behind these image generators, which used images from numerous artists without their consent, was initially unknown to me. But as I delved deeper into the topic, I quickly realized that I was in an ethical dilemma.
I absolutely agree with the artists who argue that images fed into these generators require the consent of their creators. Still, my answer is not a complete boycott of AI. Tools. A dilemma remains – a complex terrain to navigate. I decided to incorporate these tools into my creative process every now and then and use them as a starting point or source of inspiration and even as a reference for poses or similar.
The ubiquity of AI. has become an integral part of software like Photoshop and Illustrator, and it’s clear that its influence will only increase in the future. Whether you choose to do so or not, AI. is here to stay and evolve with each passing day.
However, a point of contention arises when people with no connection to the art world at all call themselves artists simply because they produced something by typing a prompt. Authenticity is important. I believe it is crucial to be open about the tools we use in our creative processes.
The challenge is complex and my current stance is one of cautious integration. If you are careful and define and label AI-generated images as such, they can actually serve as valuable tools in the field of graphic design and art.