It seems like every time I go online, there is a new AI or machine learning capability that is on the edge of threatening creativity as we know it. Or maybe that is just me reading every clickbait title I come across. So instead of believing the hype and the online fear mongering, I decided with this article “AI (artificial intelligence) should authors and creatives be scared?” to look at the current state of AI in the creative space, looking at the tools I currently use, what I can access and what the future may hold.
First off, I am no stranger to AI; I have several SAAS AI tools I use on a weekly basis. I believe that AI will help develop the creative spirit and develop many new jobs and academic fields across every category of human endeavour, rather than threaten jobs. Yes, I am a creative. I make money online writing (fiction, non-fiction and blogging), drawing, graphics, video editing, music and more. So, is the AI coming for my job, my livelihood and my home? Yes and No. Le me explain.
The Fear of AI –
I don’t fear being replaced as I believe multiple new industries will emerge. History shows us this. However, one of the main things I have been seeing lots of recently (late 2022) is droves of creative types instigating discussions about AI art and how it directly affects artist, AI writing tools and how it will replace the author, etc. The general theme of most of these discussions is that folks are afraid of artificial intelligence, and I think this may come from not understanding what AI is and how they are already benefiting from AI in their daily lives.
I myself have been using a multitude of AI software for a few years now for example I am currently obsessed with Midjourney AI and AI text to art generator. I have been using Midjourney to generate lots of art to market my Epic Fantasy title, The Silence In The Song. As you can see from the examples below, the art it produces is pretty amazing. My reason for using an AI art generator instead of a traditional artist was down to two key things 1: Price 2: Speed. AI art at roughly $30 per month for unlimited images negates any human artist from competing and soon it will be FREE. And the speed at which it can generate an image from a text prompt means you can continuously refine the prompt until it delivers something you were envisioning. Is it art? Is it as good as something an experienced artist could create for me? This is for the end user to answer.
The fear from authors commenting on my AI generated art/marketing material is “if the AI is replacing the artists soon it will be replacing the writers”, however, the fact is AI can already produce good quality writing, art, music, and more. So for me the questions are:
1: Will AI replace human creativity?
- I do not believe it will replace human creativity, but I do believe it will surpass human creativity in some respects. I believe human creativity, just like other complicated processes like chess, GO, math, encryption etc will be mastered by AI. If we as humans can qualify and quantify it, we can write an algorithm and release the AI. And the examples below will show how, in some fields, human and AI creativity is already hard to distinguish between. However, I do believe that AI is far off rom being able to create fresh ideas, at the moment it still needs human ideas to create from.
2: If AI is going to replace human creativity, where are we in the timeline to being replaced?
- We are still at the very beginning. AI is actually behind the scenes in so many of the technologies we use daily, from our smartphones ability to capture perfect photos, to automatic translation of foreign languages on social media, captions generated on YouTube etc. However, consumer AI is still young and we are at the beginning of a new age.
3: Before it completely takes over, Can I use AI to enhance my creative projects?
- If we are at the forefront of this new age, then I think until it takes over, we need to use it to our advantage. You can not swim against the flow of a river forever, at some point the river will win, it is just to powerful. The industrial revolution came and displaced so many skills and from the chaos so many new skills were created. I believe we are on the edge of a new era. We creatives can embrace it, adapt and thrive or be consumed by it and die.
What is artificial intelligence and machine learning?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are terms that are often used interchangeably. AI is a process of programming a computer to make decisions for itself. Machine learning is a subset of AI that deals with the ability of a computer to learn from data without being explicitly programmed.
How will artificial intelligence and machine learning affect the creative industry?
The creative industry is already feeling the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. For example, AI is being used to create realistic 3D images and videos, which are then used by filmmakers, advertisers, and video game developers. AI is also being used to create realistic character dialogue, which is being used by screenwriters and game developers. In addition, AI is being used to generate new ideas for stories, characters, and plotlines, which are then used by writers and directors. Ultimately, AI and machine learning will have a profound impact on the creative industry, making it possible for creatives to achieve results that were previously impossible.
What Creative AI tools are currently available.
Below is just a sliver to wet your appetite. There are hundreds of consumer AI tools now available.
AI writing Tools
I am using an AI writing tool to write this article. Not in the sense of, the AI has not generated this article; they tools do exist. However, in this case, AI has analysed all the top web pages that are competing for my Keyword or topic and gives me a clear idea of the words and themes I need to cover to be competitive. Read about Neuron Writer.
The main AI writing tools use GPT3 which is based on the Open AI framework. There are many companies that offer AI copywriting. This can be used to write social media posts, blog intros, marketing and sales copy. i.e. technical, fact based dry copy. Read my review on Rytr. However, there are creative writing tools as well, tools like sudowrite.com have been designed to use the GPT3 open AI to assist creative writers. It generates prompts, brainstorms ideas and even beta reads your content and gives you feedback. Tools like sudowrite.com have been designed to assist creative writers with AI not replace them.
However, I am not naïve, there are a lot of tools available that promise 1click articles, 1click generation of complete articles. As yet, I have not come across one that does not require extensive human input to make it useable. But this does not mean that this facility or feature will not be available soon.
Example human questions
What is the current state of AI writing tools?
AI answer. Generated by GPT3 from the questions above.
Currently, AI writing tools are in a state of flux. Many companies are investing in AI writing technology, but it is still in the early stages of development. There are a few main players in the market, but no clear leader has emerged yet. The technology is still evolving and it will take some time before it becomes mainstream.
AI Artistic Tools
AI artistic tools are exploding just now (Late 2022). The art it generates is spectacular, and it gets better every day. Literally day by day. Every time I log into Midjourney, a new feature or level of detail is being achieved. Photo realistic renders of anything you can imagine. I believe, as a poor artist, that this allows visual creatives the chance to prototype ideas quickly before they actually draw or paint.
The main AI creative tools just now MidJourney, Open ai’s Dall E
The featured image (header image) for this article was generated in Midjourney using the text prompt for the title of the article.
“AI (artificial intelligence) should authors and creatives be scared?”
Examples of AI generated art I have created for my latest fantasy book.
AI Music Tools
Music creation is next. Yes, AI can create every genre of music seamlessly and instantly. If you need a backing track for a video, or a royalty free, copyright free tune for a client or book advert etc. Then with these AI music tools you can generate music quickly.
AI Audio Generation – Text To Speach
Screen readers are now built in to every operating system, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant etc. I use https://blakify.com/ to generate artificial voices from text input for video production, social media content, etc. This allows me to have my content read in multiple accents from male and females from round the world. It even allows me to have my work automatically translated and read out in multiple languages.
AI video Edting
Apps like Capcut, DJI and GoPRo video editor will take multiple clips and automatically using AI, mix and match the best shots into a seamless video, edited perfectly to music. Everyone with a phone is a basic video editor now. Read more about what can be done with just a phone in my book, Smartphone Smart marketing.
AI Deep Fakes
Yes, you read that right. Big brands have used this tech to scan celebrities. Then they replicate the face and voice with AI. Allowing them to send a personalised message to every email inbox from the celebritiy in any language. perfectly lip syned etc. Mind blown.
Conclusion of AI (artificial intelligence) should authors and creatives be scared?
So, is the AI coming for my job, my livelihood and my home? Yes, AI is here and as yo can see its already pretty good at most creative endeavours. No, human creativity and our unique ability to create fresh ideas is the very foundation that AI uses to create. So we may be safe for a short while longer.
On a side note, the Chinese are currently building a dam, yes you read that correctly a hydro-electric dam with minimal human input. The earth movers are autonomous and controlled by AI and the whole dam is being 3D printed with the help of AI. It is not just creative industries that are feeling the shift, construction, food preparation, manufacturing and more are feeling the power of AI, for AI is coming. The real question is, how do we embrace it?
Some questions about AI answered by AI. FAQ
Fear: AI will produce biased outcomes?
AI systems are often biased because they are based on machine learning. Machine learning is a process of teaching computers to learn from data. This data is often biased, so the AI system that is created from it is also biased.
Fear: We have no idea why AI does what it does
We will have no idea why AI does what it does because it will operate on a level of intelligence that far surpasses human intelligence. As such, it will be able to come up with solutions to problems that we cannot even begin to understand. This could lead to some very unforeseen and potentially dangerous consequences.
Fear: AI will make bad decisions
AI has the ability to make decisions without human input, and this can sometimes lead to bad decisions being made. This is a fear that many people have when it comes to artificial intelligence, as it can be difficult to trust a machine to make the right choices. However, AI can also be very helpful in making decisions that humans might not be able to make on their own, so it is important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not to use AI in a particular situation.
Should Creatives Fear Losing Their Jobs to Artificial Intelligence?
Creatives should not fear losing their jobs to artificial intelligence. While AI may be able to replicate some aspects of creative work, it is not yet able to replicate the human mind’s ability to generate new ideas. Therefore, creatives still have an important role to play in the economy.
How Can Writers And Publishers Utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI)
There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the publishing industry, with many writers and publishers utilising AI to help them with their work. AI can be used in a number of ways, from helping to edit and format text, to providing recommendations for further reading. Additionally, AI can be used to create targeted marketing content and to generate leads for new business opportunities. With so many potential uses, it is clear that AI is set to play a major role in the publishing industry in the years to come.
What is Creativity and Can AI Automate it?
Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas or solutions. AI can help with this by providing a way to test and explore different options quickly and efficiently. However, AI cannot fully replace the human element of creativity, as it relies on humans to provide the initial ideas.
Should we fear artificial intelligence?
There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly evolving and growing more sophisticated every day. This raises valid concerns about the potential impact of AI on our jobs, our economy, and even our safety.
However, it’s important to remember that AI is still in its infancy. It is not yet advanced enough to pose a real threat to humans. Yes, AI can do some things better than us—but it can also do a lot of things worse. For example, AI systems have difficulty understanding context and are often biased against women and minorities.
So while we should be careful about the potential impact of AI, there’s no need to fear it. We should instead focus on ensuring that AI is developed responsibly and ethically, with human values in mind.
Can AI come up with ideas?
Yes, AI can come up with ideas, but they are not always original. Sometimes, AI simply takes human ideas and expands upon them or rearranges them in a new way. However, AI is capable of more than just coming up with new variations of existing ideas; it can also create entirely new concepts.