STAFF EDITORIAL: Artificial ingenuity

Artificial intelligence in art, writing, and pictures creates many questions for the future of creativity



AI generated beautiful landscape Van Gogh painting

You’ve seen it plenty of times on Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Artificial Intelligence (AI) programming has been introduced into these creative spaces. In a matter of seconds, a program can transform an image or a few keywords into a picture or essay. With a few hiccups, AI can create news stories, poems, songs, art, and essays instantaneously.

These programs hold both benefits and downsides when it comes to its reliability, speed, and humanity. Things like essays and articles can be written and blur the lines of what constitutes cheating. AI can produce signatures in art as if it was their own piece.

There are definitely problems with AI. Chat logs for Chat GBT and other websites aren’t publicly available or good for anonymity, but a threat to possible plagiarism or false claims. Companies are creating AI programs to go through resumes for employment, which have begun to show biases. They take information from previous employees, leading to a correlation between male employees and what the AI deems a “good candidate.”

However, AI is not a threat. Despite what Sci-fi movies tell us, it’s unlikely that AI will “replace” humanity. Even if AI can mimic the fine arts and creation of humanity, they lack context and the perception of mortality.

Instead, AI should be embraced for our future in the right way.

Then, what makes human art and human writing, well, human?

Repetitive and tedious tasks can be almost eradicated from the workplace with the use of AI. While manual labor will still have human demands in factories and such, online and internet tasks will be simplified for a human employee.

Outside of the workplace, AI holds more ambiguity in its purposes. News, art, and music should be kept out of AI control However, it’s one of the easier tasks to program.

AI art specifically holds an interesting weight. AI is not able to perfect certain things, such as drawing hands or consistent perspective. For a quick concept, AI proves a good tool to get an image across.

Then, what makes human art and writing, well, human?

AI lacks the mortality and context that is engraved into our minds as humans. No song, essay, painting, or image will ever be “human” when an AI produces it.

AI essays are avoidable. We believe it’s moving in the right direction. With the internet being an area of plagiarism and lies, more discussions and communities verbally will be utilized in classrooms in place of essays.

AI holds too much potential for us to shut it down. If we fix the bugs and start smoothing things out, AI can be the jump in the right direction this world needs.