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Stephen Downes

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This is a really good presentation of the argument that AI art is a form of theft from human artists. See especially the argument that "the development and use of AI image generators... is relevantly different from a human artist's development and exercise of their creative skills." The core argument is that "The arrival of AI image generators has disrupted the distribution of social goods in creative fields," forcing many artists out of work. But "When human artists borrow from one another's work, no such injustice arises." It also addresses the lack of consent for uses of that sort; "Without asking for the artist's permission to use the products of their creative labour, AI developers are treating the artist merely as a means to their own ends." I can think of objections to these arguments, but it's good to see them presented so clearly. Image: Convergence, 1952 by Jackson Pollock.

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