Simon Colton

Simon Colton

30-09-2022

11:10

Believe me I've studied this and I'm here to tell you that it's OK to say: "An #AI cannot be an artist, because it's not human". It's not akin to sexism/racism to say this, because AI systems are not a maligned group of people. It's natural to ringfence "artists" for people... ๐Ÿงต

"Artist", "Art", "Creativity" are all concepts arising from human society defined and used by us, rather than "atom" from the universe or "bird" from nature. They are essentially contested (i.e. we've agreed to disagree about them forever) and they are constantly evolving ... ๐Ÿงต

... in order to drive humanity forward. This is good. And we can choose to say only people can be artists, if we we want to. I wish people would just be honest about wanting to keep "artist" for people rather than constructing bogus arguments for why an #AI system "can ... ๐Ÿงต

... never be an artist because of X, Y, Z". In 20 years being bombarded with reasons why AIs can't be creative/artistic, etc., no-one has come up with an insurmountable (technical) reason which has convinced me. The one exception is: "because it's not human", which is fine... ๐Ÿงต

Some people like me are choosing to be more inclusive in our usage of "artist", and - like we might with a 4yo child - are saying that AI systems like #StableDiffusion are artists, but are really bad ones. In this way, we can nurture AI systems by highlighting ways ... ๐Ÿงต

... in which to make them better artists, rather than excluding them forever. I've done this with The Painting Fool project for 2 decades. Life would be better with more artists in it, whether human or AI. So, please, before constructing your well-meaning barriers to entry ... ๐Ÿงต

... to being an artist like "needing AGI", "full personhood", "huge creative abilities", "social interactions", "expressive capabilities", "intentionality" (I've heard them all), perhaps consider whether you really just want people exclusively to be artists. That's just fine! ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽจ


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