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‘Artificial Intelligence’ is Quickly Becoming Art’s Most Hated Medium

Welcome to the 227th insertion of DEMUR®, an analytical series highlighting the intricacies of the artistic world and the minutiae lying within. In this episode, we sift through the cesspool of AI controversies to better understand why artificial art has become a target of hate.

Over the past year, Artificial Intelligence has received critical reception from creative communities. The issue, while complex, retains three condensed attributes on legal and moral grounds, raising concerns about the enforcement of copyright in data pools and training models, artificial substitution of in-house workers, and non-existent requests for consensual use of intellectual property.

Beginning with the figurehead of this movement, copyright infringement, we must better understand how AI is unlawfully stealing from thousands of artists. Every intelligence model's core has a predetermined data set, essentially digital resources on the web, from which it draws comparisons and learns. The only problem is that this ‘content fishnet’ uses copyrighted content to replicate and learn, causing outrage as the originators of this material are left unpaid.

The evasion of financial composition is a persistent theme in almost every issue, leading us to AI’s replacement of creative in-house workers. Most prevalent in Hollywood production studios, writers have been neglected in substituting artificial models, prompting the recent America’s Writer’s Guild Strike. While now resolved, it was previously undetermined whether AI is a writer, if companies could force writers to use AI, or if generated material had to be declared at all.

Declaration of AI-infused content is a trope that ties into the consensual use of intellectual property and could be investigated as a premise of its own. However, as a standalone, non-regulated ideal, many artists are drowned out by non-consensual replications of their work, not only of their signature style but without documentation that it's a parody. Calling for regulation, AI is becoming more hated as creatives lose recognition and financial gain at the priceless cost of a DALLE account.

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