AI as artist: Applause, yes - but sorry, no copyright

From cave paintings to AI art, the tools used in the creative process continue to evolve

Argentinian artist Sofia Crespo, seen here with one of her works, is part of the "generative art" movement. PHOTO: AFP
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The art world has been thrown into a tizzy by the apparent invasion of artificial intelligence (AI) into its hallowed realms. News that the top prize for emerging digital artists at the Colorado State Fair went to a work created by an AI program, Midjourney, set off a backlash from artists who saw this as cheating.

Today, rapid advancements in AI capabilities to create art continue to redefine the human role in the creative process. Most of these works of art rely heavily on the underlying algorithm and creative input of the programmers; the computers are akin to paintbrushes or chisels - they are tools used in the creation of the artworks.

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