Can AI make higher artwork than people? We requested IBM’s Seth Dobrin

Artificial intelligence has infiltrated every industry, and the world of arts and culture is no exception. In other words, the AI ​​art is ready to explode.

AI text-to-image generators like DALL-E or Midjourney have created remarkable visual works of art. ChatGPT has taken the world by storm with its ability to answer questions, write essays, and summarize texts, among other things. AI-generated art is even exhibited in world-famous museums.

These examples show just how powerful generative AI can be and ask this pressing question: Will AI replace human artists?

Seth Dobrin, IBM’s first-ever Global Chief AI Officer, has an answer. We met him at the 2022 TNW conference and talked about the potential of computer generated art.

If you want to get his predictions in full, watch the video embedded at the top of this article. Alternatively, you can watch it right here.

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AI-generated visual art already exists in various forms. There are examples of artists – like Refik Anadol – who are the actual creators but use artificial intelligence to augment their artworks. There are also tools like DALL-E that are “catching on”, although it’s difficult to say if their works are truly indistinguishable from those of humans.

Dobrin takes a liking to news articles, noting that financial news is already auto-generated to some degree. And while he doesn’t think AI-generated text is as engaging as that of a writer, he explained that GPT-3 and Large Language Models (LLMs) can generate stories that journalists can use as starting points.

But when it comes to movies and novels, AI has a longer way to go. That’s because “AI needs to really learn emotions, really be able to simulate them and evoke empathy better than they can today,” Dobrin said. He reckons it will take five more years to write the novel and between five and ten years to make the film.

But what does Dobrin say about classical music? And does he think that AI will only complement humans in the creative process – or eventually replace them?

Watch the full interview to find out.

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