Don’t you have any talent? Don’t get depressed, Artificial Intelligence can turn you into an artist

Luciano Floridi, professor of Philosophy of Information at Oxfordis not afraid of advancing technologies but warns his readers in the essay Artificial intelligence ethics (Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2022) where – among other things – he writes: “Wherever human beings work as interfaces, for example between a GPS and a car, that work is at risk. At the same time new jobs will appear because new interface, between services provided by computers, between websites, between AI applications and results, and humans (…)”. The problem is that Artificial Intelligence is no longer a film, it is not the handyman robot of Walt Disney’s Great-grandchildren, it is not a novel. It’s not science fiction, after all. But reality, now within everyone’s reach.

Midjourney’s artwork


Let’s take ChatGPT, a software that knows how to answer questions and converse
. As Corriere della Sera explains: “it is part of the recent trend of generative artificial intelligence: tools which, starting from verbal instructions (a sentence, a question) can create texts or even images (such as Dall-E or Midjourney) or even videos” . With absolutely amazing results. ChatGPT can write essays or dissertations – and for this reason many teachers are alarmed – but also, create literary parodies, songs, short essays, respond to complex programming requests, inventing languages ​​that don’t exist, writing moving emails, managing the foods suitable for the diet we choose. As Wired points out, “the service is predicted to make traditional search engines and homework obsolete.”
The software was created by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence company from San Francisco, which as of November 2022 has made a simple interface available to users, for the moment free, sometimes unattainable due to the huge demand. In five days since the debut date, over a million people have signed up to test the capabilities of ChatGPT. Mark, a New Zealand boy who is a fan of Nick Cave, who asked the application to compose lyrics in the style of the leader of the Bad Seeds. The result is this, a bit crass, but believable enough: “I am the sinner, I am the saint / I am the darkness, I am the light / I am the hunter, I am the hunted / I am the devil , I am the savior.” Mark sent it to Cave who replied: “This thing sucks. It’s a grotesque mockery of what it means to be human and I don’t like it at all. It’s a replica, a parody, low imitation. Songs are born out of suffering and algorithms don’t suffer”.
Of course, there was a lot of debate on the subject. Are we in the presence of a brilliant or diabolical device? Is ChatGPT capable of generating reasoning or does it actually emulate thoughts and words that have been specifically programmed? Be that as it may, Artificial Intelligence software like this will produce a revolution in the realm of intellectual and knowledge work. As, on the other hand, Midjourney. Which instead of language uses images like other systems already present on the Net such as Stable Diffusion or Stability AI. In this case the access mechanism is more complex, free for the first period in which you try to experiment with illustrations, covers, graphics, advertising backgrounds.

Mechanical dove, another work published thanks to Midjourney

Patrizia Savarese, well-known art photographer, very active in the world of rock and entertainment, has been studying Midjourney for a couple of months. And he treats the results of the software with great respect: “However, he has a great “taste” in composition, for the use of light and colours. at the speed of light”. But won’t that spell the end of skills, I ask? “No – he replies – others will be born. No one can stem the revolution underway in the field of the image, so we might as well try to ride the wave, adapt, transform, but above all always keep up to date”.
The following is a test of Patrizia on Midjourney. In the prompt (the string where you write the scene you want to view), you used these words: “realistic photo of a frog swimming inside a large glass bottle full of water and plants” inside a large bottle filled with water and plants). Here is the result

Goodbye copyright and goodbye forever creativity? At the moment they are hypotheses. Instead, Professor Floridi’s warning appears more certain, and damned serious: “This epochal transformation will create other polarizations in our societies: the new patricians to manage the machines and the new slaves to suffer the consequences“. If we hoped for perfect democracy through Artificial Intelligence we will still have to wait. And who knows for how long.

Don’t you have any talent? Don’t get depressed, Artificial Intelligence can turn you into an artist