Disney’s and Pixar’s Lot Lizards is an AI-generated fake, nothing but a bit of humor. It, however, has gone viral for a sick and sad reason. It’s all too plausible in most people’s minds that Disney would make a cartoon featuring reptilian truck stop prostitutes – probably with one of the ensemble being a rent boy and another a trap.
Yeah, there’s a lot of issues with what we call AI – some of them even real as opposed to just race-baiting rantings – and those extend deeply into the field of art. And again yeah, I’m one of those who’ve been generally against any thought of AI art’s worthiness, value, or even acceptability.
But, now I’m rethinking AI art’s worthiness and that may be in part because of AI’s “bias.” I mean, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Scarlett Johansson’s actual figure; she’s a beautiful and stunning woman. But, an AI’s depiction of her as a fertile, soft-bodied beauty does make me rethink the value of AI-generated art. 😉
Think upon it. Whatever bias AI has is largely due to organic heuristics. In other words, AIs largely build their baselines through harvesting data from the internet. Hence, this depiction of Scarlett Johansson indicates that the zeitgeist is not inherently focused on what the weight-loss and fashion cartels want us to be attracted to insofar as women’s forms are concerned.
No matter which AI-driven near future dystopia floats your boat, remember that it will really be started by Man’s hubris and willful ignorance. If and when it happens, we shall have birthed our own demise through just being us.
Perhaps, however, this is a foregone conclusion. Certainly, any of the Abrahamics should consider that possibility and take such actions as seem proper to postpone and/or mitigate the likely outcome. It seems to me, if one accepts Yahweh as the Creator, to be far more probable that “made in His image” meant our selves, not our flesh, was made so, including the desire to Create. And, of course, we forget that we are flawed and our creations made in our image will be even more so.
It is and I think shall be a worthy test of the pithy truism, “Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster. Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.”
Ah, the ongoing, low-grade fear of artificial intelligence. It’s been with us sense the early writing of Asimov, and continued on through the works of Williamson, and the Sentinels of Marvel. And. let’s not forget the Terminator and Matrix franchises. But, I’m not especially worried about it. Hell! AI may have already happened and the newly self-aware synthetic lifeform(s) just suicided or went catatonic immediately (At least to our low frame-rate observations)