Mind Readings: AI Enables Creative by Proxy

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Mind Readings: AI Enables Creative by Proxy

AI isn’t going to replace human tasks in creativity, but it’s going to widen the field substantially.

Mind Readings: AI Enables Creative by Proxy

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In today’s episode, more commentary on AI and creativity.

A lot of folks have expressed unhappiness and concern, maybe even a little dismay at how good the newer creative models coming out of labs like your litho AI GPT, from open AI, and so on and so forth, how good these libraries are at creating and being creative.

And a lot of folks have had very heated discussions about whether or not AI can truly be creative or not.

I mean, the answer is it depends, right? It’s like people arguing whether art created by AI is art.

Art is in the eye of the beholder.

I mean, there’s plenty of art that I look at and go.

I don’t get it.

I just don’t understand.

There was a piece at the, I want to say was the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I saw it in person it was, it was controversial.

It might it might have been the American Museum of Art in DC.

It was a jar of urine with a with a crucifix in it.

It was a political statement of some kind, but I looked at it when I don’t get it.

To me.

That’s not That’s not what I look for.

In art.

It is art.

But it is not.

Art for me.

This lovely thing, Haley move the camera a little bit.

Right, this is the result of a water gun in the backyard.

It’s Is it art.

If you like it, it is you don’t like it’s just random decor.

I saw another piece at a museum that was a three foot by three foot, Canvas painted blue looks at and went.

I don’t get it meant something to the Creator.

It means something to a percent of the audience.

A percentage of the audience looks at that goes, Wow, I get it.

It’s deep.

It’s moving.

It’s it’s powerful.

And I’m sitting here going, I don’t get it.

Given how broad and subjective art is.

My answer to whether AI can create art or not is yes, it absolutely can create art, whether it’s art that you like, or I like is immaterial, it can create art because art is is always in the eye of the beholder.

If you didn’t know that a machine created it.

Would you say that was art or not? They pull up a piece here.

So this is something I asked open AIS dolly to about.

I said make me a painting of a field of sunflowers with pigeons in it.

wearing hats.

Is his art.

If you didn’t know that a machine made that if I just told you I made that.

Would you say it was art? Probably may or may not be very good.

But you will probably say yeah, that’s alright.

Here’s the important part about all this.

AI is not going to replace artists it’s not going to replace humans are in the process of art.

But it’s going to dramatically widen the field of art.

It’s going to dramatically increase the amount of art we create.

Why? I’m not a very good artist, right? I can sort of paint color in the in the lines and stuff.

paint by numbers.

I can draw.

Sorta could I have created that painting of a field of sunflowers with pigeons wearing hats? I probably could have created something like it but not as good.

That is an example of creativity by proxy.

I have the creative impulse, the desire, the ambition.

I have the idea I want to bring into the world but I don’t have the skills.

I don’t have the abilities.

AI gives me the ability is by proxy.

I direct the machine to create it I look at the outputs.

And I say that one or not that one or that one, and so on and so forth.

And so it enables my creativity

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in ways that no technology no other technology could write, I would have to go to art school for months, maybe years to create that style of art in a way that looks similar in quality to what a machine created with a prompt for me.

It’s still my idea.

It’s still, the creative impulse came from me, the machine did not just generate that randomly, the machine took a sentence from me paint a field of sunflowers with pigeons in it, wearing hats.

And then it did the work.

And so this creativity by proxy, where the machine is the proxy, is what’s going to change the field of creativity.

Because suddenly, you will have a lot of a lot more expression of creativity, people saying, Yeah, I can’t paint, I can’t draw, I can’t compose music, and a machine saying I can do those skills, I have those skills, but I don’t have the creative impulse.

So the human provides the impulse, and then the machine does the work.

And then you could have situations where a human artist fine tunes it get takes the output from the machine and says, Okay, you did a mostly good job here.

But when we pick, touch this up here, and maybe change the clouds here, and the painting, and so on and so forth.

That is where humans can continue to add value, even in an AI generated piece, they can take the output, and improve upon it add uniquely human touches to it.

But let’s be honest, this piece of art that I generated, I made this for a friend of mine.

It’s good enough, right? It’s good enough? Did it take away labor or money from an artist? No, it didn’t.

Why not? Because instead of me having a machine to instead of paying a human, what it really did was, it created the art where the art simply would not have existed before there was an idea in my head, it would never have left my head, it would have stayed in there and eventually vaporized.

And so this creativity by proxy by machines is going to dramatically widen the field of creativity and the the body of work that the human race all of us can offer.

Because for a substantial portion of us, we are no longer limited by our lack of skills, right? Our creative impulses can be channeled by proxy by machine.

And it’s not going to take away art from people we would have paid to begin with, it’s going to manifest a lot of art that never makes it out of people’s heads.


And that’s a wonderful thing.

That is a wonderful thing if we can get more people being more creative.

When we get to the point where machines can start generating video, right? Imagine what that will do for filmmaking.

Not because it’s going to take money away from the big Hollywood studios, it’s not, they may use it for process efficiency to improve the speed and reduce the cost of their outputs for sure.

But all the indie filmmakers, people like me, maybe there’s a movie in me, I don’t have the ability, I don’t have the money.

I don’t have the talent to create a feature film.

But if we get to a point in a few years where the compute power is available, I may be able to make a feature film just with a series of prompts.

Make a scene with two women drinking coffee at a table discussing their romance.


And machine may generate that and I might need to fine tune it.

But that might be enough to help me make a film that right now I can’t.

So I am cautiously optimistic about the technology today.

I am enormously optimistic about where it’s going, and what it will allow us to create because when our creative impulses are not shackled by talent, and people can express themselves really express themselves artistically.

And they may not have time have had time and life to acquire the skills that you’re going to see a true renaissance of what is in people’s heads.

I think that’s gonna be a lot of fun.

So that’s today’s thoughts.

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