A.I. and Ethics

Screenshot Are there any moral or ethical considerations to be calculated when using Artificial Intelligence to “create” Art (or is “generate” a better term)? This makes me wonder if ethics are taught in school anymore? 
So what does ethics have to do with using A.I. tools to create images or art? Well, when the tool is doing what has been termed “scraping” the internet… the ENTIRE internet, including copyrighted images, in order to render a result for your prompt, you are standing (or sitting as it were) on ethical quicksand. A recent story in the news broke that comedian Sarah Silverman and two others filed a lawsuit against two A.I. companies for using their copyrighted content to train their A.I. models without their permission. This video explains “the problem with A.I. and art creation” very well. Now, to be fair the understanding with the Adobe model Generative A.I. in Photoshop only uses images (over 200 Billion) in their Adobe Stock portfolio which are offered royalty free from their contributors. This of course gets into the whole stock photos issue which I won’t go into. Everyone has their opinion on the stock photo industry, and mine is not rosy. 
My big question, an one I will touch on in other posts, is is it ethical to generate images from other people’s images and call the result yours? Even if you use the tool to enhance or alter an original image that is yours? This genie 🧞‍♂️ is long out of the bottle, especially in other art mediums like the music industry, but take a moment to think about your own creative process: If you didn’t photograph it, you didn’t light it, you didn’t compose it, you had no part in its creation other than to type a word prompt, is it really YOUR image? Maybe the results of your prompts is more like a Frankenstein monster (however beautiful) made up of different parts from different people’s work! Take a look at this eye-opening video interview with the CEO and inventor of ChatGPT and others and pay special attention to the questions and answers about Ethics. 
I may be an outlier, but when it comes to image making and photography, I want to do my own work. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from the process of creating your own images and not relying on the random work of others. Practice ethical image making! 🙏🏽 

 


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