Is AI-generated Art an Enemy or a Friend to Artist? | AI生成艺术对艺术家是敌是友？
The essay argues that AI-generated art is not the enemy of artists. The development of AI technology will free artists from repetitive and mechanical labor and encourage creativity, intelligence and humanity implied in man-made art. It contains three sections. The first section introduces Portrait of Edmond Belamy, a proclaimed AI-generated painting created with an open-source algorithm called GAN (Generative Adversarial Network). It was sold for an unexpected price of $432,500 during a Christie's auction in 2018. The second section reviews the history of AI-generated art by focusing on some key inventions, such as AARON, the first computer program able to produce basic shape in 1968 and Google's Deep Dream Program in 2014. The third section categorizes art-related AI into three types according to impact. The first type includes software that benefit artists in general, such as image recognition, color specification, and auto 3D construction. The second type are programs that generate new image according to selected style, which will eventually outperform the beginner level designer in terms of speed and quality, only preserving art jobs that require true creativity. The third type is represented by GAN algorithm, which generates its own subject by learning from the fed data, removing human’s critical role of consenting the subject. It is now limited by the 'catastrophic forgetting' trait of GAN system.