One of the seemingly myriad ethical questions that surround the use of generative AI is the new graphical AI interfaces like OpenAI’s DALL-E and Adobe Firefly.
All users need to do is explain what they are looking to create in a chat window and the software will provide it instantly.
This raises the obvious question of whether this collaboration between humans and machines constitutes art.
Purists will deny that it is art because it requires no training and no technique – only imagination.
But to others, this is exactly the point.
The art world has always argued over these topics, questioning whether artists like Picasso or Warhol were truly artists because they challenged the established art world.
However, AI is fundamentally different because Picasso and Warhol (love or hate their art) were human.
A growing number of artists, however, are beginning to embrace the tools and argue that imagination is all that matters.
Spanish artist Javier Jaén weighed in on using Adobe Firefly, saying, “My goal is to express my ideas in a unique way that speaks to my audience, and I’ll happily explore any tool that can help me accomplish that.”
Others view the advent of AI as a philosophical threat to the very idea of art and question the humanity of the output.
As the tools continue to evolve and expand their capabilities, it is harder to draw the distinction.
Jaén represents a new generation of artists who will really have no choice but to embrace such tools.
He sees the positive in the approach adding, “When you cut the extraneous from your process, you can be incredibly straightforward in the way you conceive, create, and share art with the world. It’s not about laziness, it’s about stripping away the noise to gain focus.”