The euphoria mustn’t overwhelm the ethical questions on AI


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The Colorado State Art Fair in 2022 was abuzz with angry artists. One lamented, “Imagine spending hours upon hours on a piece of work to proudly present it for a competition and being beaten by somebody who pressed ‘generate’ on a screen." Another ranted: “This thing wants our jobs, its actively anti-artist." This ‘thing’ was Midjourney, one of the plethora of generative AI products dropping like confetti on us hapless humans. Midjourney was used by artist Jason Allen to create a painting listed as Jason M. Allen via Midjourney , and it won the prestigious Blue Ribbon award for emerging...