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Is the Disruption Caused by AI Art Actually New, or Does it Just Feel New?

By Louis Anslow

Special Report:

Creativity & AI

The morphing animations were created using AUTOMATIC1111 and Stable Diffusion Deforum. Credit: Fausto Cantu, Ben Gibson

Art has always been the product of new techniques: from spoken language to the written word, from drawings on cave walls to paint brushes, from quills to word processors.

In 1859, French poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire decried a new form of artistic expression: photography. This new medium, he said, was “the refuge of every would-be painter, every painter too ill-endowed or too lazy to complete his studies” and to embrace it was a sign of “blindness” and “imbecility.”

Baudelaire considered the output of these fanatical “sun-worshippers” as more artifice than art—canned creativity, a synthetic, artificial substitute for the real thing. It was a notion that would have felt as compelling then, as similar critiques of AI art feel today. And it was just as much of a fallacy too.


Freethink Media, a digital publisher telling stories about the people and ideas moving our world forward to over 20+ million followers, recently released a special issue: Creativity & AI. Each week we will highlight here one of Freethink’s compelling articles or docu-style videos that delves into the influence of AI and its profound impact on our world and society today. Known for captivating content featuring news from the frontiers, Freethink is committed to being a trusted source for exploring the transformative power of AI. Rob Chapman-Smith, VP Editor in Chief, and Blair Milam, VP Brand Partnerships and Strategy, from Freethink Media, will be presenting at the Elevate conference on AI & Creativity. If you’re interested in exploring how AI is shaping various industries and gaining insights into the future of AI-driven innovation, their upcoming panel session today (Wednesday, 7/19) from 9:00-9:30 am MST is an excellent opportunity to learn more! Rob and Blair will bring you front row to the storytellers experimenting with the edges of this cultural movement and discovering how AI can transform creativity to enhance our world. Prepare to be inspired as they share unique perspectives on how AI is reshaping our world and opening up new horizons of possibility for all.


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