Predicting and examining the future of the creative industry from the revolution caused by image-generating AI
【Daily active users of image generation AI “StableDiffusion” reach 10 million; users of “DreamStudio” exceed 1.5 million.】
・Stablity AI, the AI company leading the development of the image generation AI Stable Diffusion, announces that it has successfully raised $101 million (about 15 billion yen) in funding.
・More than 10 million users per day are using Stable Diffusion, and more than 1.5 million users of DreamStudio, a paid service that allows users to use Stable Diffusion from their browsers.
【Adobe is Developing Image Generation AI; “Transparency in Image Generation AI to Support Creativity”】
・Adobe Announces Commitment to Support Creation with Adobe Products by Developing Creator-Centric Image Generation AI and Ensuring Transparency in Its Use
・Enable creators to control their own work and creative style, including keeping historical data on how digital data has been edited and altered.
These are the quotes from the article
Predicting and discussing the future of AI creatives and human creatives and the future of the creative industry.
Stable Diffusion, an image-generating AI, was previously featured on our blog. Currently, 10 million people per day seem to be using it. In fact, the Internet is overflowing with numerous AI-generated images and illustrations. And they are high quality.
Adobe, the king of image and video software applications, is also developing an image generation AI.
However, it seems that Adobe is trying to create a system that protects the rights of human creators, who are the source of learning for the AI. This is what I would expect from Adobe. (Stabel Diffusion seems to be going all out while remaining vague on the subject.)
Adobe is developing image-generating AI,
There is no doubt that image-generating AI will take the creative industry by storm. (The industry will be full of AI-generated works.)
So, I wonder,
What will the world be like in the future when that happens? What will happen to human creators?
I will take the liberty of imagining, predicting, and considering these questions.
AI is a technology, so to speak.
Technology has made it possible to easily mass-produce what used to be a labor-intensive process for humans.
For example, a bowl, a fork, a spoon, and so on.
In the past, each item was handmade by a human being, but nowadays, even at a hundred-yen store, there is a large assortment of reasonable bowls, spoons, and other items.
However, even though it has become possible to purchase reasonable quality products at low prices, brand-name products such as Bizen Pottery are still sold at high prices. In other words, human-made products will not disappear.
Perhaps something similar will happen in the creative industry, I suspect.
In other words, even if creative works of reasonable quality are mass-produced by image-generating AI, human creatives will not be reduced to zero. In other words, human creatives and human creators who demonstrate craftsmanship and brand will survive.
I believe that technologies such as those being developed by Adobe will be used to prove the difference between AI creatives and human creatives, and perhaps that is where digital certificates such as the NFT will come into play.
However, it is unclear to what extent human creativity and creators will survive. It may be a very narrow gate.
Most people can’t tell the difference between “image-generated AI-created” and “human-created” images. Only occasionally, someone notices a small difference.
Not many people would notice the small difference between branded (human-made) and unbranded (machine-made) teacups and spoons.
Based on these considerations,
People who notice small differences (who can tell small differences)
who value those small differences, I believe that the survival rate of human creators will be determined by the number of such people, I believe that the survival rate of human creators will be determined by the number of such people.
From a creator’s point of view, whether or not he or she can create such “small differences” and whether or not he or she can become such a craftsman-like creator will be the key to whether or not he or she can survive without being swallowed by the waves of AI in the future.
Now, let’s ride the wave and not be swept away by the waves of change!
I apologize for my lengthy and unsolicited discussion of the future.
See you then.
Image generation AI is currently revolutionizing the music industry, and I shudder to think that the same will happen in the music industry.