Published on November 16, 2023, 11:01 pm

From healthcare to customer support, from finance to spell-checking, the influence of AI is spreading throughout every industry at an alarming rate. However, in one particular field, AI is facing a significant amount of resistance. And perhaps rightly so: robots were initially created for work purposes, while humans possess a natural inclination towards artistic expression.

In an effort to combat this encroachment, artists have united under the banner of the Coalition for Human Artist Protection (CHAP) and launched the “Real Art Isn’t Artificial” campaign. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the potential threat posed by modern technology, as it has reached a point where certain fields are now at risk of being overtaken by AI. Various approaches are being taken to address this issue, such as training AIs exclusively on licensed images and research projects dedicated to combating “art mimicry.” Additionally, recent events like the writer’s strike have laid out some groundwork for future negotiations regarding AI utilization within work contracts.

While these developments are indeed intriguing, they lead me to ponder something even more fundamental: the nature of art itself and why we feel such a strong aversion towards robots partaking in its creation. Delving into this question inevitably leads us into deeper existential territory – what does it actually mean to be human?


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