The AI era has quietly arrived, and all walks of life have been deeply affected. People used to predict that AI could only replace some standardized operation occupations, such as assembly workers, but with the development of technology, AI can not only defeat Go masters but also create works of art. Not long ago, a painting created purely using AI technology was auctioned for a high price of $432,000, which sparked a heated discussion about whether AI-created paintings could be counted as works of art. When the “author” of a work is no longer a human being, can this work be a fine art?
At the same time, what kind of painter can enjoy the convenience brought by AI, instead of being eliminated?
In recent days, an online photo processing platform developed by a Russian team named Ostragram has drawn attention.
On this platform, you can quickly get a modern painting with a unique style.
The unique thing about this software is that it produces a piece of delicate work, not a photo that doesn’t work well, because it does not use a simple processing mode of image overlay, but a neural network-based algorithm similar to artificial intelligence.
Let’s take a look at some of the work done by the machine.
A rough photo that doesn’t require photography expertise at all, after processed by the algorithm of this platform, it instantly becomes a painting with high-definition and intense style. In these cases, the everyday photos became the subjects of these pictures, while the master’s works rendered pictures with a distinctive style.
In addition to rendering the photo style, users also can use this software to add a specific texture to the target object very easily, without changing the original shape at all. It’s really amazing.
Since the beginning of painting, the creation of painters has been constrained by tools and materials. In ancient times, painters could only use simple mineral pigments, while modern artists could use a variety of chemical pigments. On the one hand, the material limits the artist’s creative space, on the other hand, the material also helps to preserve paintings. For example, if only a few simple colors can be selected, the colorful oil painting is impossible. However, thanks to the precious minerals pigment, the ancient masterpieces made from them are preserved. Many painters spend a large part of their creative career familiarizing themselves with tool materials. To a certain extent, AI technology will greatly shorten the time they worked with tools and materials.
However, as mentioned in the first paragraph, can things made with software be called painting? Can it be called art?
The discussion of the relationship between technology and art is being heated again. When photographic technology first appeared, art critics thought it was not a work of art. Nevertheless, everyone knows now that photography is recognized as a typical kind of art.
Will AI technology accomplish or destroy the occupation of painters? let us wait and see.
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