The future is here in ways we never expected, and it ain’t gonna be no picnic for writers, artists, and performers, et al.
‘Twas ever thus, but still…:
Creative Robots Replacing Artists And Writers…
by Michael Ho
Robots are taking away valuable jobs from more and more humans everyday. People used to connect phone calls. People used to categorize links on the internet (and some still do). But those jobs have been largely replaced by more efficient algorithms. Jobs that require some human creativity are supposed to be immune from an attack of automation, but it really depends on what kind of creativity.
- Algorithms that mimic Vincent Van Gogh’s style — or other artist’s styles — will be able to create enormous libraries of digital artwork. If non-human artists’ work is in the public domain, maybe we’ll see an insane amount of clip art in the near future. [url]
- Japanese fembot HRP-4C can sing like human pop stars. This isn’t new, but when nobody really recognizes the composers behind pop music, will anyone care when the voices are artificially generated, too? [url]
- Turning data into written text isn’t exactly a creative task, so humans might not be required to do it for much longer. We’ve seen computers writing news stories, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that a bot is writing millions of words every day now. These bots aren’t writing the great American novel, but maybe if we introduce them to a lot of virtual monkeys banging away on typewriters…. [url]
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