The Novella Islands Will Not Legislate Against AI Art

Ms. Isabelle Fuller – 29/12/2022
Novella City, Xeles, Novella Islands
Novellan National News Service

No ban on AI art algorithms, as Dell Government brushes off critics

The Dell Government has emphatically rejected appeals to ban or heavily restrict the use of artificial intelligence in the creation of digital art. Minister of Culture and the Arts, Mr. Humphrey Hawking, confirmed today in a press conference, “We believe that the use of AI in art is an important tool for artists to explore and express themselves. We must not stand in the way of technological progress and innovation, but instead embrace these advances as an opportunity to further our cultural development.”

The minister was responding to the growing debate around the use of AI in the arts and its potential to disrupt the industry. “It is important to remember that the use of AI in art is only a tool and that the artist is still the one in control of the creative process. We must ensure that the artist has the freedom to choose how they want to use this technology, and that their work is respected and valued for its creativity and originality.”

Mr. Hawking concluded his press conference with a final statement, “At the end of the day, there will always be a place for living artists, even in the event that the use of AI in art becomes ubiquitous. I have no doubt there will be a strong contingent of supporters who will only want to buy art that has never been touched by an algorithm. Much like any transformative technology, the industry will adapt.”

Supporters of AI art algorithms praised the Dell Government’s stance. “This is a huge step forward for the creative industry,” said Dr. Amanda White, professor of digital arts at the Novella Islands University of Humanities. “The use of AI in art opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and I’m excited to see what the future holds. I am glad to see the government hasn’t given in to the luddism demonstrated by some of the detractors.”

However, critics of the practice argue that the use of AI in creative endeavours undermines the role of the artist and reduces the creative value of the final product, while others fear that the AI-generated pieces may become indistinguishable from human works and threaten their livelihood. Outside of the Novella Islands, many artists living in nations with extensive intellectual property laws decry the practice, asserting that the algorithms used to generate AI art are based upon stolen work.

“While the Novella Islands does not have such intellectual property laws that make this argument valid in the first place, I would contend that even if we did, such a claim would not stand in court,” said Dr. Kelly Francis, a professor at the Novella City School of Law. “Flesh-and-blood visual artists, much like their author and musician brethren, do not create new ideas in a vacuum. Unless an individual has lived in a void for their entire life, all work is derivative to their past experiences, to some degree. An AI looking and learning from other artists’ art is in fact no different.”

Dr. Tracy Wong, the lead developer on an AI art algorithm dubbed TrueSight, summarised the changing industry as thus, “I think this is a great outcome. Really, AI art is set to be the fast food of the art world. Today, anyone can go down to Quick Burger and grab a meal for next to nothing, in minutes. But has that put ritzy places like the Islington Hotel out of business? Of course not. ‘Real’ artists will simply become the fine dining establishments of the art world!”

An AI-generated oil painting of the State Parliament House in Pont, Jervo. The TrueSight algorithm was used to create this piece, provided by Dr. Tracy Wong.

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