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Creativity: Metaverse, NFTs, AI, and Robots

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One of my biggest concerns about AI, the Metaverse, NFTs, robots, and machine automation is that human creativity itself can be replicated, replaced, and outpaced. Let’s talk about the value of creativity today.

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To start, let’s simply talk about the idea of creativity. It’s mostly subjective. It’s our way of creating something new and valuable. Specifically, that’s what creativity produces. So, then we must ask what is new and what is valuable. It’s obvious what is new, something that hasn’t been made before and typically unique versus just new as in recently made.

 

Regarding value, this is where we must have a debate. Is the subjective interpretation and appreciation of art what makes it valuable or is it something else? Is it more reliant on the creator’s reputation? Is it more reliant on technique and effort? To be clear, it’s not just for art, but that’s an easy example of a product that comes from creative efforts.

 

I hope that it’s a mix of subjective appreciation and the objective technique, effort, and work put into the creation itself. This means that something machine generated with no effort wouldn’t qualify nor would a painting made by a robot that can paint a magnificent painting in under 1 minute. My concern is that most art and creative enterprises are more subjective than anything. The issue is that we may not be able to discern what was made by humans and what was made digitally or by machines. This would mean that we could easily be outpaced and the person who would have all the control and influence would be the one who owns the machines or AI.

 

You always have people who are afraid of new technology taking away their jobs, but I would argue that hasn’t been an issue for creative work. Now that we are at the point where humans can be replaced by machines in nearly every aspect, creativity was supposed to be the last haven where we had the upper hand and that is quickly fading too.

 

You would also have the problem we are having now with algorithms that they are steering content creators to create content based on what the algorithm thinks we want versus what we actually want. In the same way, if everything was machine generated, they would be able to create and manipulate culture based on what they think versus what we want.

 

This sounds fairly dystopian, but we have to reconsider that in a time where creativity is fading and automation is taking over, creativity is one of the last truly human things left.

 

We see this with examples like machine generated art that people are mass producing for NFTs. People are also hiring Fiverr artists for $5 or using services to produce NFT versions of themselves based on a picture. The effort right now for a lot of digital art like this is the lowest it could possibly and thus I would argue it’s not very valuable nor should it be. It’s not just for NFTs, it’s for anything this is just one example.

 

With the girl who sold fart jars then deciding to sell NFT fart jars and actually making a profit being a reality now, I have to ask if you think we are in a rational market? More importantly, how is it that people are valuing a digital copy of anything over the real thing? I fully endorse NFTs and the technology behind it, but I don’t agree with using them frivolously and creating what is essentially digital waste.

 

Do you agree or disagree? What is the value of creativity? Does effort & skill matter more or the subjective appreciation of the art? Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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Sadly, the subjective view of art will always matter most when it comes to "value". As the saying goes "one man's junk is another man's treasure". There are many people who would prefer to have an NFT that took 5 seconds to make and looks like someone puked in pixels on a screen, than a real Picasso. It's just about what the value is to them and to others. For example with my NFT's. There is one I have made which I will not sell - because I love it that much. Yes, everything has a price, but it would need to be significantly higher than the normal person would be willing to pay for it.

Excellent post as always :)

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NFTs are a double edged sword you might make a killing or you might be killed instead in a way with the progressing tech NFts will reach the moon

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I will say that the NFT is nonsense and crazy! No electronic pixel picture can replace the original!!! Let them pay their crazy money for NFT, but I'll go to the store and buy myself a real painting and hang it on my wall and admire it!!!! And even be able to touch it)))) all the other types of NFT also applies. Interesting article, something to think about.

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Hello, my friend.

There is an inordinate enthusiasm for NFTs related to art, especially that generated by AI. Well, not only because of the silicon creatures, if we consider works such as those of a singular pig that are sold for thousands of dollars. Hahaha.

However, like you, I also see a lot of potential in NFTs beyond art.

It's not that I underestimate the creativity of the machines, behind them, there are many hours of design and effort.

But, art denotes part of the human soul beyond the rational.

So, if it comes to estimating the creativity of God-image beings, they are priceless.

Greetings.

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