There’s something special about being human, isn’t there? Consciousness, emotions, creativity, a sense of self… no matter how advanced machines become, these are things that set us apart. However, with the evolution of AI, we can expect to see the blending of artificial and human intelligence to produce something that has never been seen before. As in the world of I, Robot, the worlds of machines and humans are coming together.

In today’s world, computation, AI, and digitalization make an impact on every aspect of human life. AI arts and design mean that artists don’t just paint with strokes any more. They use the technological advances of artificial intelligence as well.

However, every coin has two sides, and that’s true of AI too. There’s a toxin that can seep into the training data of AI models. Data poisoning can undermine the essence of the artist’s vision. It refers to feeding AI models with wrong data on purpose, causing these models to produce biased results.

Today, we delve into the concepts of data poisoning, the influence of AI on art and design, and the question: who truly deserves credit for the creation – AI or the artist?

Join us as we explore the influence of AI on art and design, data poisoning, and the artist’s rights where the line between art and algorithm blurs.

The Promise of AI in Art and Design

By leveraging the power of generative AI in the field of art and design, artists can revolutionize the creative process and go beyond.

AI can assist artists in ways that were never thought possible; there are paintings, sculptures, and digital designs generated by AI that the world has already loved and felt mesmerized by. AIs based on powerful algorithms can greatly assist artists with color palettes and compositions, letting them create masterpieces every single time. These artists by collaborating with AI can generate creations that are beyond human imagination!

The Fine Line: Artist vs. Algorithm – Who Gets the Credit?

We can’t ignore the ongoing debate about authorship and ownership, in AI-generated art. As AI becomes increasingly involved in the creative process, the question of whether the credit should go to the artist or AI arises.

AI simplifies the process and helps the artist define an overall style and aesthetic. Artists are responsible for curating, refining and polishing the art into a finished product. Who is “more” important?

With AI-generated art gaining popularity, this dynamic becomes even more pertinent. AI can actually be considered a true co-creator.

Amidst these debates, it’s essential that we understand the balance and recognize the contribution of both the artist and the AI tool. Doing so is crucial to maintain the symbiotic relationship between artist and AI, to continue generating art that has never been seen before.

The Poisoned Well: How Data Can Bias AI Creativity

The allure of AI-generated art is considerable. However, it’s also important to be aware that the very AI systems we rely on are becoming susceptible to biased or poisoned data. Data poisoning refers to purposely feeding the AI system with wrong information, resulting in skewed outputs. Such feeding of corrupt data reinforces the wrong message, resulting in incorrect or harmful art being put out. We all remember the 2015 scandal, when Google Photos AI wrongly identified Black people as primates! To a large extent,that still hasn’t been resolved.

In the context of art and design, imagine an AI tool that has been fed with biased gender representations. The produced output would incorporate these biases, leading to an increase in societal stereotypes. Now imagine if these biases extend to the sphere of criminal justice! Such poisoned AI could produce discriminatory outcomes.

Poisoned data also manipulates AI models to simply provide incorrect results. For example, if asked for a hat, the AI tool shows cakes, for handbags it shows toasters, and so on.

Since generative AI models also make connections between words, the poison can spread into other related terms as well. This means that infecting the word “dog” also infects similar words like “puppies”, “husky”, and “wolf”.

Navigating the Poison: Strategies for Responsible AI Art

As an AI developer, you know that there is a real risk of data poisoning. It’s important to adopt strategies that can help counteract it. Here are some of the solutions we recommend to help you avoid data poisoning.

1. Critical Evaluation of Data Sources

This is the foremost step. By assessing the sources of training data, it becomes possible to detect biases. Check for all labels entered into the machine regularly, to ensure its accuracy.

2. Implementation of Safeguards

Techniques should be implemented in all AI tools and systems to detect the possibilities of altered data. Using mechanisms to filter out incorrect information, AI tools can remove the poisoned information and guard against bias and error.

One such mechanism would be to ensure that the training data is diverse. Data that is taken from numerous sources rather than just a few links leads to more genuine results. It’s also important to include multiple viewpoints, genders, races and geographies when collecting data to train your AI model.

Another mechanism is to implement a second layer of AI/ML algorithms to detect inconsistent data more precisely.

3. Transparency in the Creative Process

An important step from the artist’s perspective is to maintain transparency. Artists should be transparent about the adoption of AI and should openly accept its influence on their art and the end result. It’s important to make people aware of the integration of human and AI creativity, and how it develops better material together.

It’s important for people to understand how AI works and the contribution ratio of the artist and AI. This also leads the artist to earn the credit and respect for their work when they utilize AI ethically.

A Future Free from Poison

AI is revolutionary in the arts world, and can boost an artist’s inspiration and creativity. At the same time, we can’t ignore how data poisoning can disrupt creation. When the right steps are taken, poisoned data can be minimized.

Both artists and developers must opt for AI responsibly and mindfully. Let’s work together to mitigate the risks we’ve outlined in this blog, and continue to utilize bias-free, clean AI in art.

Embrace the power of AI while staying vigilant against the poison that can seep into data and outputs. Work with Ziffity to draw that fine line while continuing to mesmerize the world with AI-contributed art and design. Get in touch with our experts today.