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.
James Newnorth has recently shared a wonderful new project for game developers. This initiative is called Spelkollektivet. It’s a a co-living space for game developers from all over the world who wants to live and work with like-minded people. You can’t stay there forever: it’s only available for a 3 to 12 months at a time. The house itself is situated in Småland, Sweden (30 minutes north of Karlshamn).
The benefits are obvious. You are surrounded by your peers, you can work on games all day long, plan, build those pretty environments, figure out game mechanics. No need to worry about cooking, taxes, bills. It’s all done for you. There’s also a gym, workshop, virtual reality room, pool, jacuzzi, three different types of sauna, streaming/podcast room, marketing and help from experts. Not bad.
There’s a couple of rooms you can choose from. Starting from 4.990 SEK per month ($600). It’s not awfully expensive, if you take into account the costs of electricity and other stuff. It’s a steal actually. You can apply over here.