The Rise of AI ‘Art’ Signals the Downfall of Renaissance Man

The emergence of “AI-generated art” is sparking a new debate among artists about the role of human talent and inspiration in modern post-war works. New York Times published a story about a designer winning an art award with one of the productions. The rise of AI-powered art signals the downfall of Renaissance man, as art moves away from its classical philosophical foundation of connecting man to God and replaces the role of nature. man’s striving toward skill mastery through automated “demonic-inspired” imitation.

The Time explains the evolution of art technology, from the introduction of photography to digital art and publishing – but AI-generated art, the Time writes, works by “scraping millions of images from the open web, then teaching algorithms to recognize patterns and relationships in those images and generate new ones in the same style”.

“This means that artists who upload their works to the Internet may unwittingly help train their algorithmic competitors,” said the Time keep on going.

AI-generated art is different from digital art in that digital art is an original work, which requires talent and inspiration to produce. It’s a new artistic medium but it’s still just a tool that requires a human being to operate and create a product.

AI-generated art apps work when the user submits text – a sentence they want to create art from – into the program, and within seconds a product appears. Proponents of the medium claim that it takes human creativity to come up with a phrase to submit.

The “artist” who won a prize with an AI piece is quoted in the Time article describing the use of the program, saying “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… I felt like it was demonically inspired – as if some otherworldly force was involved .”

He is quoted again, adding: “Art is dead, man. It’s over. AI won. Humans lost.

Although he defends the use of AI to produce his award-winning image, the artist admits that the medium signals the death of art – a tragic fact of modern culture that has strayed from the foundations that spurred Western society to thrive in science, mathematics, art and philosophy since the 15th century.

“Renaissance Humanism” is the intellectual movement that inspired Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo, emphasizing the realization of man’s full potential for his own good and for the good of the society. This stimulated a philosophy that sought to separate the individual’s relationship with God from his confinement to the church, and which instead went through his life and works.

The “Renaissance Man” sought to master many disciplines, as well as to develop new innovations, as an expression of his divinity. Renaissance men became masters in their disciplines, and in some cases in several disciplines, laying the foundations of a culture of exception and exploration that became the hallmark of the West. In this pursuit, art became an expression of man striving to be like God, capable of creating something perfect.

However, in modern art, there is no David, no Mona Lisa, no Birth of Venus. And it’s not entirely surprising that we are now turning to machine learning to produce works similar to Renaissance productions.

The trend away from traditional production of great works can probably be attributed in large part to the fact that most human beings have lost the patience and attention span needed to hone higher skills, and have instead evolved towards mastery of multitasking – performing many short tasks. in quick succession instead of focusing on excellence in a particular task.

Modern humans actually have a shorter attention span than a goldfish, a steep decline in just fifteen years. A study by Microsoft in 2015 showed that humans have an average attention span of eight seconds, up from 12 seconds in 2000. A goldfish has an attention span of nine seconds. Research has shown that this change is due to the presence of new technologies in people’s lives, providing constant distractions in the form of momentary dopamine hits. If you’re still reading this column, congratulations, you’re probably one of the few – maybe try your hand at painting classic art on church ceilings.

Another factor attributed to the production of high art is the belief in God – the drive to produce great works was always, ultimately, tied to the drive to achieve spiritual elevation – which is also experiencing a sharp decline in modern society.

Over the past twenty years, Americans’ belief in God has dropped by double digits, according to a recent Gallup poll. Depending on how the question was posed to respondents, Americans’ belief in God has declined by 11-15% since 2002. Without the presence of God in daily life, human beings become consumed with nihilism, lose a sense of life, lose the sense of struggle, so as to believe that typing a sentence into a text box equals any kind of refined skill or advanced pursuit.

The modern mainstream culture has abandoned patience, spiritual ability and the will to do exceptional work, timelessness, divine creation. The ultimate destination of this attitude is to accept an algorithmically generated composite of past accomplishments as a new definition of ingenuity and intellect. We’re even going to stick a ribbon on him and name him first prize.

Instead of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, today’s art establishment gives us a banana duct taped to a wall, a torn canvas, aimless scribbles – and the artists who can’t or won’t not execute the purpose of art will be replaced by machines.

Investigative journalist and futurist Peter von Stackelberg made this point, writing, “Creatives…must understand how to ensure that their art, whether created with the help of AI or not, is valued. so as to ensure that human artists can avoid starving to death in a cold and shabby environment. attic.”

The adoption of more integrated technology in moment-to-moment life and the abandonment of traditional religion are gradual, we are told. Living in the technological age with a diminishing connection to the natural world is the future, according to our best at Meta, Microsoft and Wall Street.

But the impact it has on art is a metaphor for the impact it is having on human existence in the West, as large swaths of our people abandon fulfilment, meaningful pursuits and self-improvement for a world on autopilot that only has the illusion of being human. advancement. And when human beings don’t strive for a higher world, when we plug in and out, we lose the characteristics of Western culture that gave us the free, prosperous, and purposeful life that we have always known and aspired to give to our children.

Emma-Jo Morris is the political editor of Breitbart News. Email him at or follow her on Twitter.


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