Adobe Embraces AI Art: Is It a Step Forward or a Step Back?

Adobe Embraces AI Art: Is It a Step Forward or a Step Back?

Art is not created by machines. They’re robots! They’re just creating an approximation of a casserole out of human creativity that has been put into it, in many instances without recognition or remuneration. It’s just “a technology that exists to eliminate the human element from the process of creative expression,” as Dan Sheehan puts it in his brilliant essay, Art in The Age Of Optimization.

Anyway! Adobe said this week that AI-generated art will be accessible as part of the company’s large collection of stock photos, going so far as to suggest the area is “amplifying human creativity.” The company makes bold claims, such as “deeply considering these questions and implementing a new submission policy that we believe will ensure our content uses AI technology responsibly by creators and customers alike,” and that “generative AI is a major leap forward for creators, leveraging machine learning’s incredible power to ideate faster by developing imagery using words, sketches, and gestures.”