Doesn't they say the same thing about photography when it was emerging? ;)
Agreed. This is just depressing and is a detriment to society. If this keeps advancing at its current rate, good art will be so trivial to generate that it won't be special anymore. Art will slowly morph into a banal distraction, with creating an original piece being as easy as applying an Instagram filter. The role of the human artist will change from a craftsperson to someone who picks a bunch of parameters, gives it to the AI, and chooses the best output. This type of technology is a threat to the very existence of art as a craft, will completely devalue artwork, and will make the journey of training to become an artist obsolete. I hate these researchers for what they're doing to a field that I love.
I disagree. There will always be demand for real artists. Like any other digital software, this is just a tool with the possibility to help artists create compelling worlds faster and add realism that would otherwise have taken days to make using other methods. As a 3D character artist, I would love to use this to create quick backdrops to place my characters in to enhance final renders.
GuruWare decided to stop supporting a 3ds Max plugin called Ivy Generator. Why did this happen? An official message from the developer mentions a donation of 0.01 Euros and general lack of appreciation. The author wasn’t happy with the way community treated his project, so he stopped the development and removed existing builds of the tool.
Art by LemonadeCG
Here is the message from the developer:
you can share the zip-file on any site or torrents or whatever, you can also delete it
there are lots of tutorials on the web, somewhere it was rated as one of the 10 “must-have”-plugins,
google for “guruware ivy” – after 10 pages i stopped clicking “next”
must be useless then
downloaded more than 35.000 times, 17.000 connections per month
the sum of donations in 8 years didnt even cover the domain-cost, which i only have for… you?
and please dont start donating now out of pity, dont need that either
also dont need a beer, i’m not drinking alcohol
remember: this is not a rant, maybe it sounds like, but i can assure you
actuially having fun writing this
now i have more time to do stuff i like,
“keeping up the good work”, and play with toys i don’t share anymore, at least not for free
You can get more details on the situation on the GuruWare website.