No. 44: AI as part of your creative process, 180 new tools, and bestseller AI writers?
The conversation is shifting towards AI as an essential tool for creatives
Navigating the future of work, AI, and creativity.
First, some quick links:
AI tattoo generator: TattoosAI
The Creative AI Landscape - November 2022
What new tools will populate this map in a few months from now? Today, there are 180 tools. How soon will your choices triple in 2023?
Download The Artificial Creativity Landscape here.
Acidosis - an imagined generation of animals
Soheil Hosseini's Acidosis series of futurist birds/creatures shows how AI can be used as part of the creative process. While the common refrain of using AI art generators is the replacement of artists, I doubt a novice artist is able to compose the level of artistry found in Acidosis.
The ‘Acidosis’ series by Soheil Hosseini was initially generated with AI elements from the online platform Midjourney. Once the drawings were complete, the artist proceeded to refine each bird using programs like Photoshop and Procreate on an iPad Pro, combined with a digital painting application.
See the collection on Soheil’s Instagram.
Read further about Acidosis at Designboom
Will AI authors appear on the bestsellers list?
Compelling characters and their stories find their place in our hearts when their journey aligns with the current zeitgeist, our worldviews, or the archetypes that resonate with us. As long as a writer - whether AI or human - can achieve these objectives, there will be readers for the material.
Read the comment thread from Anne’s tweet here.
Pulling back the curtain on AI and the labor that supports it
The public’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) is largely shaped by pop culture — by blockbuster movies like “The Terminator” and their doomsday scenarios of machines going rogue and destroying humanity. This kind of AI narrative is also what grabs the attention of news outlets: a Google engineer claiming that its chatbot was sentient was among the most discussed AI-related news in recent months, even reaching Stephen Colbert’s millions of viewers. But the idea of superintelligent machines with their own agency and decision-making power is not only far from reality — it distracts us from the real risks to human lives surrounding the development and deployment of AI systems. While the public is distracted by the specter of nonexistent sentient machines, an army of precarized workers stands behind the supposed accomplishments of artificial intelligence systems today.
London-based venture capital firm MMC Ventures surveyed 2,830 AI startups in the EU and found that 40% of them didn’t use AI in a meaningful way.
Read “The Exploited Labor Behind Artificial Intelligence” on Noema
Till next time…
In the age of AI and automation, hustling is actually counterproductive. No matter how hard you work, you simply cannot outwork an algorithm.
— Kevin Roose, Futureproof