meanwhile, support the artists for their skill, not their product....
meanwhile, support the taxi driver for his skill ...
not for bringing you safely from point A to point B ...
same argument ...
and again - i know, i repeat myself -
in the end it is a question of your individual goals ...
of what you actually want ...
and i do want to get the best possible visualization,
for the ideas within my head ...
with the budget i can afford to spend for it
which means i effectively have three choices:
1] buy bulk - dlc, that every other game out there uses en-masse,
getting only a single static bust per character,
without even having the option, to actually change the characters clothing [for different time periods, sttings, locations] ...
2] spend hours upon hours learning to actually draw [in a way, that others would actually want to look at] ...
all the while not beeing able to work on the thing,
that i enjoy, that actually made me want to start creating a game
[the story and mechanics]
3] abuse my budget for the next couple of years and go into unpaid dept,
to let someone else draw for me
feed the ai with the input, about the vision within my head ...
let it create hundreds of pieces,
play around with the ai and inputs, to get the picture the way i want ...
and then pick out the one, best fitting towards my idea ...
all the while beeing able, to get my character with different clothings, different hairstyles, different locations, different poses and actions and even some useable cg's
i don't want to "support" my taxi driver for his skill,
i want to safely arrive at my destination ...
i don't want to "support" my artist for his skill,
i want to get the idea i have within my head visualized within my game ...
different priorities [and possibilitys, becouse even if i could afford a taxi driver, i would still use the subway
whereas if you ask these AI users for just a product, they'll give you whatever the AI comes up with.
if i buy (!) ai artwork from someone else - yes,
but if i commission a piece from an artist,
don't i also just get, what these artist comes up with?
don't i also just get, what the artist thinks within his head, while reading my description?
that's not so different, if you ask me!
and what's the objective [!] difference
[by which i mean for: if i use picture A in my game, the player would have a better experience while looking at it, then he would have with picture b]
between bulk - sold "dlc" picture A [human drawn] and bulk - sold "dlc" picture B [AI - generated] ... if i see both pieces before buying ... if i can actively choose ... which one fits my vision better?
again, i don't see any objective difference for the player ...
besides, when thinking about ai,
then i think mainly about using the options, it opens up for myself
i think mainly about generating pieces and then actively picking out those, that best describe the actual scene i want to portray ... those, that best fit the vision i have within my head ...
and yes, if i can realize my exact vision with 0$ cost ...
then i won't need to spend 1000$ to get someone else realizing it close to my vision ...
and tell me there is not someone out there profiting from this
and *adding* to the problem, is the people who pay for it, without question, in a context where they're told that money equals value.
i don't say, that there's nobody profiting from this,
but "value" is something highly subjective,
what "value" does a piece of paper with some ink on it have?
what "value" does a electronic file consisting of 0's and 1's have?
there are pieces of art, worth millions upon millions ...
meanwhile the exact same image ... on the exact same type of paper ... with the exact same type of print ... is worth a mere 50 cent ...
the objective "value" of both of these is the image, your eye sees ...
and the worth of the materials used within that piece ...
yes, ppl do subjectively assign value to things,
and a thing is only worth, what ppl are willing to pay ...
and if someone can give the ppl the things, they want to see ...
why shouldn't it be "rewarded" for it? that's how it has always been!
now, who's gonna provide for the free time of that people? you?
because, all we're having is less work, with no pay, and the same taxes.
yes, certain (historically grown) systems will have to change,
to accomodate the changes, that technology will inevitably mean for all of our lives!
and if you actually look at the statistics
[avarage hours worked per day/month/year, number of part-timers]
you can see a clear trend,
technology and ai will massively pull on these already existing trend [especially for all of the white collar jobs]
but then again, ...
what objective [!] reason would there be,
to produce something with 40 hours of human labor ...
when i can get the exact same thing with 10 hours of human labor?
that - in and on itself - realy shouldn't be something, to be afraid of ... but rather, a thing, to be happy about ...
oh, and to stay with the taxi - driver example,
in art, you have to learn the "fundamentals", to draw a picture,
you have to learn "driving a car" to be allowed to drive,
[in this case - you even have to pay for youre licence]
you have to practice "drawing", to create a piece, that someone else would buy,
you have to practice "driving", to get your taxi licence,
it takes a certain ammount of time, to create a picture for someone else
[according to his specifications]
it takes a certain ammount of time, to deliver someone else to his destination,
there exists cheaper [but a little less comfortable] alternatives ...
like the pre made dlc's ... or the bus and subway
there still needs to be someone, creating these cheaper alternatives
[you still need an artist to make dlc's and a bus or subway driver]
and AI threatens, to make both of these jobs obsolete
[self driving cars / ai-generator]
so, if my self driving car costs me 3$ to the airport,
and my taxi would cost me 80$,
then the taxi would have to offer me some kind of "service", that would justify me spending 77 additional dollars on it
and if my ai-art generator costs me 3$ for the piece i want
and my artist would cost me 80$,
yes ... he would have to offer something, that would justify these additionale expense ... simple as that