AI Generated Art: A Discussion In Art Ethics

Thank you a lot for your generosity. :blue_heart: I really don’t know what to say. But I would really hate to take advantage of your kindness for something that I should have known a long time ago.

My financial situation is somewhat better than before. So we can work out something instead of it being free if you like. Will send you a dm.


I’m currently planning an HG, and I just fed a picture from 2004 as a seed. Now, someone from a visual novel channel on Discord is improving upon the work I’ve done, and thus I have the impetus to credit him. I’m using this approach as I’m currently broke.


I’ve been lately thinking about making a private AI and fine-tuning the model to do art in my own style. Not plannig to sell the end results, although I think it could be useful for visualizing some ideas. Either way I think it’d be interesting, in academical sense, if nothing else.


Honestly something like that would be really nifty. Even from a user standpoint if you housed the AI in a private discord, had it set right so it didn’t just take all the feed and put it into public areas. And if you wanted or needed to monetize, you easily could with subs or donations to allow people who love your work to participate and engage with it. It’s a nice middle ground.
Good luck with it!!!


I mean, I’d have to take one of the pre-trained models as a basis, and just tune the results for the style of the end result so there’s that to consider, although I’m definitely trying to find a mostly photography-trained one, but.

  1. Have you heard of AI story generators?


  1. What do you think about this emerging new factor?

I love AI It’s a great innovation, and I’ve used it everyday at work for years. I can honestly say it’s helped me become a better writer and has saved me SO much time.

Why? Because it checks spelling, grammar and sentence structure in addition to unsticking my writing with suggestions I never even considered whenever I get stumped.

  1. Do you threatened by this? Or do you feel unworried?

I’m not worried in the slightest. On the contrary, I see AI as a tremendous opportunity and a tool that belongs in every writer’s toolbox.

The fears about AI are mostly overblown and many of the arguments against it are the exact same arguments against innovation that goes back millennia; Plato thought writing was a determent to humanity because people no longer had to memorize things and Socrates believed writing was inferior to the spoken word.

Fact of the matter is AIs as they exist now simply cannot replace humans; they need to work alongside humans. The term “AI” today is primarily a buzzword for powerful predictive algorithms instead of the sentient intelligence science fiction promised us over a century ago.

They’re just machines, which means they’re extremely literal and will give you EXACTLY what you ask of it.

Ever worked with a client who doesn’t know what they want or had trouble communicating to others what you want them to do? If humans, who are extremely good at deduction and reasoning, have so much trouble communicating NOW, there is no way current AIs would do better.

For example: If you ask someone to make you a PB&J sandwich, they’ll know how to make you one without you having to tell them how. But if you ask a machine? Suddenly, you’ll have to explain how to make a PB&J sandwich in minute detail because it cannot deduce anything. If you just tell it to put the peanut butter on the bread, it’s going to put the entire unopened jar of peanut butter on top of the bread because it’s literally what you told it to do and you didn’t specify it had to open the jar first.

So if you ask an AI to “make you a prince”? You may think that’s straightforward but in the literal sense:


That’s the kind of AI we’re dealing with. If you want an AI to give you anything remotely close to what you asked for, you have to give it an extremely good and well-written prompt. Even then, a writing AI will be fine for a bit, but then it will go off on wild tangents you will then have to edit.

As a result, I can see a rising demand for writers who are really good at writing AI prompts, so I’m not worried about a lack of job security.

Plus, there’s been plenty of times where the AI spit out suggestions only for me to immediately know it wouldn’t make sense in the context of my currently writing. An AI doesn’t currently understand that very well.

They’re admittedly getting better, but the day AIs will replace humans is still far off. And even then, they won’t replace us completely. Simple fact is AI is here to stay whether people want it to or not, so you might as well learn to use it.

  1. Now returning to the AI generated art. Would you use it? How would you use it? I think a number of us already use Artbreeder, and if you didn’t know; Artbreeder is an artificial intelligence (AI ) portrait and landscape image creation tool.

In a heartbeat. I’m a writer, not an artist, so it would be incredibly useful to have an AI that can do something I’m not good at. Plus. I’ve had tons of fun putting prompts to see what kind of art the AI can come up with.

  1. Would you commission artists with the intention of having them make a reference image to use for AI generation art?

I think that’s ultimately what’s going to happen since the most effective argument against AI art right now is that it’s using the art of human artists without their permission. That said, I think some companies like Disney don’t even have to worry about that since they have a treasure trove of their own copyrighted art they can feed into any AI they make.


Oh yeah. Perks of certain fields.

Update on this: I couldn’t, in good conscience. Firstly, I don’t know what the models are trained with (although I suppose one could argue the result is derivative in any case) and secondly, the base models are intended for research, not for commercial use, and that’d be like using your student licenced software for your company.