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    Hayao Miyazaki strongly criticizes AI art, calls it ‘an insult to life itself’

    Hayao Miyazaki's thoughts on AI art are now more relevant than ever.

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    With the discourse surrounding AI art, a video of legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki criticizing AI works has resurfaced online.

    Over the past couple of months, AI art generators have gone viral, with the likes of DALL-E 2 and Lensa AI rapidly gaining popularity. This has resulted in intense online discourse about AI art and how unfair it is to artists. After all, many of these AI art generators are trained using works made by human artists, opening up a can of worms regarding copyright concerns.

    Of course, there’s also the fact that AI art is considered by many to not be art at all given the lack of human touch, so to speak. This viewpoint is also echoed by Miyazaki in a video from years ago regarding AI-generated art.

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    In a documentary from a few years ago, Miyazaki is shown reacting to a presentation about AI-generated animation. Upon seeing the AI work, Miyazaki had a strong, negative response, saying he feels that it “is an insult to life itself” and that “humans are losing faith in ourselves.”

    Check out the clip here in a viral Tweet by @TofuPixel:

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    The debate about AI art and how unfair it is to artists is something that rages on, especially considering how it affects the livelihood of digital artists today.

    While there’s no easy answer to this issue, it’s fair to say that when it comes to its value as “art,” most are in agreement with Hayao Miyazaki and his views on AI art.

    Image source: NHK

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    Nicolo Manaloto
    Nicolo Manaloto
    UnGeek's resident editor who is obsessed with anything and everything Death Stranding. He is also a big fan of the Yakuza series, and is a weaboo in denial.

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