Hey there! Have you ever heard of AI art? It’s a pretty cool and kind of a tricky thing. There’s a company called Stability AI that’s registered above a fried chicken shop in Notting Hill, London. They make a program called Stable Diffusion that can create pictures of anything you can think of, like Elon Musk in a Van Gogh painting! Pretty wild, right?
Stable Diffusion uses lots of other pictures to learn how to make new ones, and some of those pictures are from a company called Getty Images, which has over 135 million pictures in its database. Getty Images isn’t too happy about this, so they started a legal battle against stability AI to try to stop them from using their pictures.
AI art is becoming more and more popular, and it’s even starting to affect other art forms like music! But, the thing is, just like with human artists, AI art has to follow certain rules, like copyright and other laws. If the AI tool doesn’t change the original works enough to be considered original, then the people whose works were used can sue.
However, the big difference between AI art and human art is the scale. AI tools can process huge amounts of data and create countless new images and songs. That’s why people are starting to worry that AI might replace human creativity.
Of course, humans still have a lot of advantages over AI. No synthetic version of Harry Styles could ever be as popular as the real one. But, AI can still be useful for things like background music in video games.
The legal system is trying to catch up with AI art and figure out how to make sure that human artists aren’t left behind. The big question is whether companies like stability AI should be allowed to use all this copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it. Some people think it should be allowed, but others say that the creators should get paid.
It’s a tricky situation, but one thing is for sure, AI is here to stay, and it’s important to make sure that everyone is protected. Recently, a Los Angeles illustrator had their work “fine-tuned” by a Stable Diffusion user, and it’s not clear if that’s okay or not. So, it’s important to keep an eye on this whole AI art thing and make sure everyone is treated fairly.
And who knows, maybe one day you’ll be able to make your own AI art too!