Mar 27, 2024

Artificial intelligence and the emergence of “generative synesthesia”

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A recent study published in the journal PNAS Nexus sheds light on the impact of text-to-image generative AI tools like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and DALL-E on the artistic process. The researchers discovered that these AI systems tend to enhance artists’ productivity and lead to more favorable evaluations of their work by peers.

Interestingly, while the average novelty in AI-assisted artwork content declined over time, peak content novelty increased. The findings point to the possibility of “generative synesthesia,” a blending of human creativity and AI capabilities to unlock heightened levels of artistic expression.

The advent of generative AI has sparked a heated debate within artistic communities. While some view these technologies as a threat to the intrinsic human ability to create, others recognize their potential to augment human creativity. The research aimed to unravel whether AI adoption enables artists to produce more creative content and under what conditions it leads to more valuable artistic creations.

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