The Synergy Of Artificial Intelligence And Digital Art

Human intelligence is undoubtedly fascinating.

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Have you ever heard that our brains are split in two? If you have, you may also be exposed to the theory that one part is the logical, scientific, and analytical side, while the other is the more creative and intuitive side. Whilst this is a widespread belief, it’s not entirely true. We now have research that shows that we simultaneously use both brain sides, no matter the task at hand, however, there is no debating that most people tend to have stronger skills in either logical or creative thinking. Then there are those who can fuse both sides seamlessly. Those lucky few are often called polymaths, people who are very knowledgeable in different fields, just like the great artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.

Computers, on the other hand, are regarded as completely logical machines. After all, the word “machine” is often synonymous with logic, repetitiveness, and lack of creativity. However, with the introduction of AI and its recent advancements, especially generative models, this perception is suddenly changing. New AI tools that can generate mind-blowing art are popping like mushrooms after rain, and thus the controversial discussion on whether AI generated art can still be considered art arises.

The Definition of Art Doesn’t Say It Has To Be Created From Scratch

Why exactly do we find AI-generated art so fascinating and threatening? Is it because we are witnessing something new and fresh after centuries of human-made art? That may be part of the reason, but there’s actually much more to it. The synergy between artificial intelligence and digital art is a perfect example of how technology can enhance human creativity, allowing artists to create intricate and complex pieces that would otherwise be very difficult to make.

And you may start to wonder how come it would be so difficult. Traditional art techniques typically require years of practice and mastering skills, but with AI tools, anyone can create something unique and impressive in minutes. This accessibility has made art more inclusive and diverse, allowing individuals from all backgrounds to express their ideas and emotions. Additionally, AI-generated art is not bound by the limitations of traditional mediums like paint or clay. And one last point: while human artists often have a specific vision in mind when creating, AI can take unexpected turns and produce results that even the programmer may not have anticipated. This element of experimentation and discovery is a key component in this push to integrate AI within art, but the question prevails, is it still art?

Digital Art Goes Beyond the “Art”

The thing is, creating digital art with the help of artificial intelligence is already finding its way to all imaginable and applicable digital fields. UI and UX designers use AI to create more user-friendly interfaces, and fashion designers have used it to generate ideas for new patterns. But where it shines is the automatization of “boring” processes that are drawing time and energy from where human talents are really needed. For that reason, game developers have started using AI to speed up tasks like coming up with NPC dialogues, drafting concept art, or designing parts of the levels. And this may be seen as a good thing, for the most part, for it may help generate new ideas and break away from the copycat syndrome, which has been plaguing the game industry for years. It may also help some genres that are pretty static, like online casino games for example. If you ever encountered progressive jackpot slot games, video bingo games, crash games, or any other online casino game for that matter, you may have noticed they have pretty similar mechanisms and from one to the next, the biggest difference is the theme of the game. AI-generated art has the potential to breathe some fresh air into such games, bringing unique twists to their designs and optimizing the time of the game designers.

AI-generated Digital Art May Be Controversial, But It’s Here to Stay

As we’ve hinted already, the rise of AI-generated art hasn’t gone without sparking some interesting comments from the art community. A lot of artists see it as a threat, which is kind of self-contradictory given the following: On one hand, we say AI-generated art is nothing but an algorithm putting together something based on previously established rules and patterns. Then, on the other hand, we see it as a threat to the values that define our humanity — the combination of creativity, expression, and emotion.

In any case, one thing is for sure: AI-generated digital art is here to stay. It has already made its way into galleries and auctions, and it’s only going to become more prevalent. But instead of seeing it as a threat, perhaps we should embrace AI as a tool that can unlock new potential. After all, that’s all it is,  a tool. Why not use technology to help us break through and discover new ways of expressing ourselves

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