This year has been particularly interesting for folks interested in AI, especially when it comes to image generators. After OpenAI’s release of DALL-E 2 a few months ago, we’ve continued to see similar products spring up.
The latest one making the rounds on Twitter is Stable Diffusion, an image-generating AI from the DreamStudio team. What makes Stable Diffusion different is the fact that it’s open-source. That alone has brought up a lot of concerns as to how the tool could be used in harmful ways. But something that’s been even more controversial is how these types of AI tools might abolish creative jobs and stock image websites.
An interesting article from Washington Post tells the story of how maker Jason Allen, who runs a tabletop fantasy games company, submitted an artwork generated by Midjourney (another AI tool) and won a fine-arts competition. It’s hard to tell how this will play out in the long run and whether technology like DALL-E and Stable Diffusion will completely remove the need for creative jobs or will simply be used as a tool to enhance creativity.
Expert opinions seem to lean towards the former case. Back in April, Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, shared his thoughts on the matter: “Although I firmly believe AI will create lots of new jobs, and make many existing jobs much better by doing the boring bits well, I think it’s important to be honest that it’s increasingly going to make some jobs not very relevant (like technology frequently does).”
Safety concerns around the ethics of AI could be what delays the process though. And just like ATMs replaced bank tellers, change is inevitable as technology advances.
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