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NFTs and AI Art

3 months ago
Commended by Sherbet on 11/8/2023 3:43:43 PM

(I wrote this a few weeks ago when it was more relevant. . .)



The NFT "market" crashed to no one's surprise. Ninety-five percent of NFTs are now worthless. I thought at the beginning 95% were worthless regardless, but now buyers who invested thousands of dollars have lost it all. It's satisfying because those thousands, even just hundreds of dollars could have been spent buying real, physical art that only gains value over time. But I said in the beginning, this was a way for people already within the crypto space to profit off of stolen work and pixels on a screen.

A few other fun facts from this (seemingly pro-NFT) article:

"Currently, Bitcoin is worth $27,223, and Ethereum is $1,630.99, a far cry from their all-time high values of more than $65,000 and $4,700, respectively. As for NFT, the news is dire."

"It is not just that NFTs are generally worth nothing, people are not especially interested in buying new NFT assets, leaving artists in the lurch." ("Artist" is a bold term here.)

". . .only 21% of the collections that dappGambl has identified have full ownership, meaning that the collections are spoken for by investors and NFT collectors. Put another way, four of every five NFT collections collect dust."

So real art is back in! Well, hopefully.


I really believe AI "art" is heading this way as well. And by extension, things like AI-written work (ChatGPT.)

I think humans are incredibly good at recognizing what is not human. As an artist I can also spot strange artistic choices that easily give away AI generated work. Artists explain through this article a few different ways they spot AI work:

People often joke online that you can’t look too closely at the hands in AI art, or you’ll discover bizarre finger configurations. “The eyes can be a little bit funky as well,” says Logan Preshaw, a concept artist who denounces the use of current AI tools. He says, “Maybe they're just kind of dead and staring out into nowhere, or they have strange structures.”

Dan Eder, a 3D character artist, thinks viewers should consider the overall design of a piece when trying to spot an AI image. “Let’s say it was a ‘fantasy warrior armor’ type of situation. At a glance, the artwork looks beautiful and highly detailed, but a lot of the time there’s no logic behind it,” he says. “When a concept artist creates armor for a character, there are things you have to take into account: functionality, limb placement, how much is that going to stretch.”

John Ramsey, an artist who creates cute animal illustrations, points out the lack of intentionality in AI images. “AI doesn't have any experiential basis to understand what people are, what trees are, or what hands are,” he says. “All that stuff is just being thrown in, because it was able to associate the words of your prompt with data points within the latent space that corresponds to them. This was the closest stuff that it could bring. It doesn't know why.” Savvy viewers might be able to spot the difference by identifying a clear, visual narrative.

I also think the fascination with and novelty of AI-generated work is quickly evaporating. AI is incredibly limited and will never understand forms and light in a way that isn't just pixel-relation. They are trained on stolen, pre-existing work on the internet and will never capture specific styles perfectly, nor any one artist's style. (Nor create art that is truly unique.) Especially those who exist exclusively off the internet.

There will always be this want to have a certain artist's work or a certain style that can not be achieved through machines. And there is certainly a "style" of AI work that is quickly becoming uninteresting as we're definitely seeing a limit of its capabilities.

And most importantly, AI can't draw hats correctly!

But if my fellow artists did fear for their jobs, fret not. You can now "poison" AI art generators!

"A new tool lets artists add invisible changes to the pixels in their art before they upload it online so that if it’s scraped into an AI training set, it can cause the resulting model to break in chaotic and unpredictable ways.

"The tool, called Nightshade, is intended as a way to fight back against AI companies that use artists’ work to train their models without the creator’s permission. Using it to “poison” this training data could damage future iterations of image-generating AI models. . .

"Nightshade exploits a security vulnerability in generative AI models, one arising from the fact that they are trained on vast amounts of data—in this case, images that have been hoovered from the internet. Nightshade messes with those images."

These are just a few thoughts and updates about NFTs and AI art. I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks and feels.

Remember, support your local, human artists!

NFTs and AI Art

3 months ago
Oh and there was a conference held by NFT bros who reported burning their eyes due to spending hours staring at those NFT apes on a screen. Which is performance art for sure.

NFTs and AI Art

17 days ago

Depending on the conference, the real eye strain was probably because they bought the same kind of UV Lamps used to mass-disinfect surfaces during COVID rather than actual normal blacklights meant to be absorbed by human eyeballs during a rave or something- No performance art here, just banal finance-bro cost-cutting.

NFTs and AI Art

3 months ago
Hooray for human-made art!

Personally, I think AI stuff is at its best when it's used to generate memes and chaos. The complex stuff can be kind of cool to look at, but I don't consider it a substitute for real art.

NFTs and AI Art

3 months ago

You brought up some great points about AI art, and it was insightful to read quotes from different sources. I agree that interest may die as the market is oversaturated with AI art.

Just like with other tools, I believe it’s about how you use it. To me, AI art can never replace human-made art as it lacks creativity and humanity. A piece can reflect the artist’s experience, life events, and the emotions present during creation, which the AI fails to capture. For the AI, there is no intention but to replicate.  

In addition, AI art serves as a shortcut to the final product. However, it skips through the crucial process of art creation, some of which includes skill building, experimenting with styles, and self-discovery. As you improve, your art grows with you, shifting like a living creature. It’s part of why I find art so charming.    

However, I feel AI can become a decent tool for experimenting with art composition and subjects - perhaps for a brainstorming session. Just not as a complete replacement.


NFTs and AI Art

3 months ago

Yeah it's cool you guys have an AI art poisoner now. I'd heard about it in passing before.

And the NFTs of course have always been retarded, no surprise about their recent UV lighting incident that half blinded them all.

NFTs and AI Art

17 days ago

A few things. . . I feel like a historian for these kinds of things now.

Researchers at the University of Chicago developed Nightshade. A program that "glazes" your art and poisons AI generators that would use your art in their training. It is free to download and use and edits your art in such a way only computers can see it.

Bad news. . .

I was looking up historical paintings involving couples as reference for my own art, only to find half of the image search results are AI-generated. Even from websites such as Adobe Stock, although Adobe has been eager to implement AI into their applications and have done so for awhile now. But most based digital artists pirate the programs anyway or use alternatives.

I had to add a specific "-AI" into my search and it definitely makes me feel like the end grows nearer. I really feel like in just the last few months AI-generated everything has exploded everywhere. It makes me wonder what the state of AI will be at the end of this year.


Also, my friends and family have been buying me these adorable Pudgy Penguin figures and plushes. So I go to their website to redeem my neat code only to discover that they're NFTs. That's right, they even got to the penguins!

They're still finding new ways to profit off NFTs.

NFTs and AI Art

17 days ago
Nooo, not the penguins. :(

I hope tools like Nightshade eventually becoming ubiquitous will also lead to ways to test whether an image is legit or generated too.

NFTs and AI Art

17 days ago

Yeah, I also hate that AI art has poisoned google images and almost every other image search site. It's harder to get good photo reference images nowadays.