Brave new technology: A&S experts discuss generative AI tools

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by Chris Sasaki - Arts & Science News

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly advance, there has been a surge in the development of AI-powered content creation tools like ChatGPT and Dall-e that offer users a range of personalized experiences. However, with this growth come concerns about the potential dangers and ramifications of such apps, from privacy concerns to the displacement of human workers.

For example, the previous paragraph was written by ChatGPT for this story, illustrating the blurring of lines between AI- and human-generated content. And the accompanying image was created by directing Dall-e to produce an image of “the University of Toronto in the style of van Gogh’s The Starry Night.”

In recent months, headlines have outlined on an almost weekly basis the issues relating to generative AI tools and content. Illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, musicians and writers have expressed concerns about losing income to generative AI and having their creations used without permission or compensation as source material; they also complain that the work is without originality, artistry or soul.

A&S News spoke with Prof. Catherine Moore, along with other members of the Arts & Science community, about generative AI tools, and what we need to do about them.

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“I see the advent of AI-generated music as part of a natural progression in the long line of music creators using new technologies with which to create and produce — in order to excite, intrigue, surprise, delight and mystify listeners the way they always have.”

- Catherine Moore, Adjunct professor, School of Cities, Faculty of Music