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.
Petar Zvezdanov, an artist from Ubisoft Sofia, shared a closer look at the beautiful pyramids of Assassin’s Creed Origins. What was the main challenge here? Performance, of course! The team had to make marvelous structures as low poly as possible to make the game work on all platforms.
During the development of AC: Origins, at Ubisoft Sofia I worked on the pyramids in the game – mainly 3d modules consisting of baked props from high poly meshes as well as textures . I used Zbrush and Substance Designer for the stone blocks and the eroded rock decals covering the pyramids that the player can use as a grabbing ledge.The main challenge here (due to the enormous size of these landmarks ) was to make the baked props such as stone blocks as low-poly as possible to ensure good performance on any platform.
You can find more details on the production process here.