When I was first introduced to Midjourney, I nearly panicked. I panicked for the sake of my daughter, who endeavors to become a professional artist someday, and for artists the world over, many of whom I work with to promote the Aenya series.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), I found both Midjourney and Dall-E quite lacking and far from the threat to creativity I first feared they would be. While they’re fun programs to play around with, they are very limited if you’re looking to produce a specific image from your imagination. That doesn’t mean we have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence. Someday in the near future, AI may prove superior to all human endeavors, at which point I am not sure what humanity will have to contribute to life on this planet. But until then, Midjourney and DALL-E, like Photoshop, can be used as tools in the artist’s toolbox. With some Photoshopping on my art, AI has already helped me produce some beautiful new images for my upcoming Kindle exclusive, The Feral Girl: Gamer Edition.
Want to know more? Check out the Story Matters podcast below to listen to my thoughts on AI and the future of art!