Like most kids, I never liked doing homework. Or tidying my bedroom. Especially when I knew my mates were playing outside.
But a chore is a chore, and when I was told I couldn’t go out and do what I really wanted to do until the tasks were done, I rushed to get them done. I put in the bare minimum of effort to get my homework finished fast to an acceptable but not great standard because I wanted to go and do something I was more interested in doing. The bedroom tidy was hurried too, involving stuffing things under my bed and into drawers and cupboards, so it looked tidy on the surface, but any closer inspection would reveal the poor quality of work.
Which links nicely to the work of AI developers and the bots they’re inflicting on the world that try to replace human writers and artists.
None of the people developing and using this tech are interested in real creativity. They’ve got better things to do with their time, things that interest them more, like inventing more tech that steals more people’s jobs.
For these people, writing and drawing is something they want to get done quickly and easily. And they know it’s something they can’t do themselves to a good standard. So it’s small wonder they all go ‘wow’ and ‘amazing’ every time they see a new, soulless AI toy in action. They bow down before machines that bestow upon them the ability to create something they’re simply not prepared to devote the time to learn how to do themselves.
But look closely at what their lack of time and effort, and their oh so easy prompts produce and it’s clear to see the work is substandard at best. Take this pic that I’ve had the misfortune of seeing numerous times on my feed in an unsolicited ad for an instantly forgettable AI business:
A perfectly acceptable style of drawing on the surface, but a closer look reveals appalling quality. What game are the bot and its human opponent playing? It certainly isn’t chess as both are sat further up the table from the board. And even if they were sat at the board, they’d struggle to get a decent game in as the pieces on both sides are virtually the same shape and colour, and as for the squares on the board, well….
It’s just one example of the consistently poor quality, lack of detail and dereliction of accuracy that affects AI output. But the inferior quality was obviously good enough for the people running this AI-driven business as they used it in their ad. And like them, many clients will opt to use AI ahead of human talent because they’d rather take a hit on the quality of their output than a hit financially by paying a proper artist to take time to do a proper job.
The AI-obsessed are only interested in peddling tech that offers cheap shortcuts to anyone who’s willing to buy substandard quality. Many now see AI as a way of turning creativity into a conveyor belt, churning out one-dimensional content in seconds without a second thought for its quality, or for the loss of income this will cause a human professional, someone whom they would have had no choice but to employ to create what they needed before the advent of job-stealing AI.
There’s no way a human artist would have produced such poor quality art as the chess picture shown above. But of course, the AI-obsessed don’t care, and certainly wouldn’t dream of paying a genuine human artist who has taken time to learn their craft and develop their talent to produce quality artwork.
They don’t rate creativity. They’re not interested in art or artists. They’ve got better things to spend their time and money on. Like developing more anti-humanity, job stealing tech that will prevent people who’ve dedicated time to learning a craft from feeding their kids and putting a roof over their heads.
To end on a positive note, there are still thankfully many clients who value the best quality and who employ human writers and artists, respecting their craft and superiority to AI. Respect to them and here’s hoping they’re never lured by a cheaper, low grade alternative and continue to #HireHuman