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Mar 20, 2023·edited Mar 20, 2023Liked by Jamie Ryan

I am both impressed and deeply worried about the recent advancements in AI and people's reaction to that. The initial feeling was when I've started looking at AI artists and the bulk of work they produce. I was following specifically certain twitter accounts and was amazed from the frequent amount of high quality images produced, but I knew something feels very bad about it, knowing the people in particular wouldn't be able to produce one of these pictures if they had to manually draw (it would take me months and years in photoshop to even learn doing that) and also real artists won't be able to produce that much in such a sort period. It feels at first like something is lost here, it might seem pointless for artists to continue their work and people to appreciate art, if you just need some text prompts and several iteration even as a non-artist to produce that.

I can't predict what's going to happen. It's here to stay, but I am feeling similarly uncanny about it. I can't find the point when the process of creation is missing, but some people might do. I see something similar now with programming. While writing complete apps with AI is not there (it can write certain small algorithms, sometimes with mistakes, so you have to code review the results severely at times) I see articles popping up from professional programmers being delighted that the new age is here and one day "typing words to code" will be considered a thing of the past. And I wonder why this persists in this field? Programming is a form of art for those nerds who were self-taught and they write and share their own coding experiments in the communities. Maybe less so for the professional programmer? I don't get why people are delighted, maybe most don't like programming even if they are in this field (I meet sometimes people with CS degrees, confessing to me that they don't like programming).

My only hope is that sometimes people are seeking for skills to learn and things to build. Building stuff with your hands seem pointless when factories or a 3d printer can do it for you, but it's the creative process that gives meaning. If we reach the absolute point of pointlessness then we will see more people going back to the roots and building their own stuff, in a future when everyone will have forgotten how one does paint or writes code. (I am also thinking of that David Lynch video where he builds a wooden phone holder and delightfully presents the creative process)

But I don't know how this will hit the professional work (e.g. programming, artist or other jobs).

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