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

robinsloan.com/lab/notes-on-a-

> 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

twitter.com/giannis_daras/stat

including this bit on tokenizer effects I find convincing

twitter.com/iraphas13/status/1

@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

https://replicate.com/facebookresearch/ic_gan

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