Illustration of a side profile of an abstract person generated by AI

I’ve been experimenting with AI-generated art platforms — primarily Midjourney. Initially, I started by creating silly image concoctions that were outrageous. But lately, I’ve been looking at it as a source of creative inspiration, and it’s been fun and inspiring. However, I’ve been paying attention to the timely conversation around AI-generated art.

As AI-generated artwork continues to evolve, so do the issues surrounding creative ownership and authorship. Who owns a painting produced by an algorithm or program? Will artists who provide images be compensated if their work is used to generate art sold commercially?

With artificial intelligence quickly becoming a prevalent source of creativity, ethical concerns about copyright infringement and creative ownership arise for consumers. When AI programs generate works that resemble existing pieces without permission from their original creators, it prompts us to consider the implications of these advancements on traditional definitions of copyright law in this era.

AI-generated art can be an intriguingly creative canvas, but the lack of transparency in its sourcing often leaves many uncertain about how these images were generated. Without knowing what algorithm was used and why it created a certain image, we may miss out on understanding further possibilities within AI Art - both for consuming or creating such artwork ourselves.

Overall, there are many debates surrounding using Artificial Intelligence in creating art. But as technology evolves quickly and we move forward into this world of machine-made artwork, it’s important to have some principles when creating. While I started my journey by emulating artists specifically by name, I’ve moved on to exploring creativity through specific prompts to create the outcome I’m looking for — and I’m doing it for personal use, not commercial.