TechnologyA viral photographer on Instagram confesses that his photos are generated by an AI: "More than 95% of followers don't realize it"

A viral photographer on Instagram confesses that his photos are generated by an AI: “More than 95% of followers don’t realize it”

The artificial intelligence generative has not only reached the text (hand in hand with tools such as ChatGPTthe well-known technology powered by Microsoft), but it has been generating quite a stir in the field of images since last year.

These tools began to flood social networks around the summer of 2022, when proposals such as Craiyon, Dall-E —developed by Open AI, just like ChatGPT— or Stable Diffusion went viral due to the possibilities they offered to their users. Such was its impact that some AI-generated works of art even won painting contests.

However, these technologies had to face criticism from some artistic communities, who banned these works from their web pages in solidarity with the artists, and complaints from the creators themselves, who at the time pointed to Business Insider that this was not a democratization, but “a trivialization of art”.

Since then, the tools of generative artificial intelligence They have been expanding, through their arrival in other media such as audiovisual or text, and have continued to garner criticism (which has even materialized in complaints).

The dubbing actors believe that artificial intelligence will not end their work, but they assume that it will bring more precariousness to the sector

Locution and dubbing with artificial intelligence.Locution and dubbing with artificial intelligence.

Now it has been Jos Avery, a professional photographer who has more than 26,000 followers on his Instagram accountin charge of fueling the debate on the relationship between generative AI and artistic creation.

“My account has increased by about 12,000 followers since Octobersays Avery to Ars Technica. “More than I expected, because it’s where I post portraits generated by artificial intelligence and finished off by humans.”

“It is likely that more than 95% of the followers do not realize it. I would like to confess it,” says the photographer.

According to Ars TechnicaAvery has wanted to contact the media to make this confession because he gets more and more nervous when it comes to making a publication.

This content creator emphasizes that although his images are not real photographs, still require a lot of art and retouching on his part to give that feeling of photorealism. Avery uses Midjourney to generate the images and then uses Photoshop to retouch the ones that he is satisfied with.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to do,” the alleged photographer acknowledged when contacting the media. “My original goal was to fool people to teach this AI and then write an article about it, but now it has become an artistic outlet. My point of view has changed.”


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