Love this collection of thoughts about "AI art" as a genre, from the always thought-provoking Robin Sloan:

> AI artists are genre artists, too. Our genre is: “I see what you did there.”

That echoes something I say often, which is that AI art benefits from a "bots say the darndest things" effect.

Anyway, I love Robin's comparison to synthesizers. I think about synths a lot. I see SpeedTree as a kind of synth, for example. I hope we get there with GPT-*

@benbrown @genmon Neat! I am vindicated to see "Apoploe vesrreaitais’" was debunked though there's no link to where it was debunked -- anyway, for the record there is some interesting and very plausible skepticism in response to this thread from the researcher who set off the twitter frenzy

including this bit on tokenizer effects I find convincing

@darius I'm really feeling this scrolling through twitter. 95% of the bot art posts I see are just something that is funny because the text is funny. "Waluigi commemorative dinner plate" is just a (pretty solid) weird twitter post that you had a bot illustrate. The image doesn't add much beyond being an impressive tech demo.

Looking forward to whatever the next step is.

@darius I enjoyed this article very much thanks for posting. I have been been thinking some similar things lately about "bad gans" being good art tools I want to keep using even after there are better gans. this one called IC-GAN I have been using in my art practice the last year is great. it does a horrible job at making anything realistic but as an art tool its incredible

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