Temerlin Advertising Institute graduate students:
Jackson Ferris and Christiana Savo
The SXSW conference is an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends, innovations, and ideas that are shaping the future of technology. Our focus this year will be on a recently trending topic that is sure to affect future generations, Artificial Intelligence. The future of AI is somewhat intimidating! We’re unsure of the scope of changes to come. Nonetheless, we’re looking forward to hearing from industry professionals speaking about how it’s going to change the functionality of the industry- and by that we mean any and every industry. We’ve already been exposed to the controversy of ChatGPT in the educational space but if we’re being honest, this is only the beginning of navigating conflict around AI. We’re looking forward to SXSW because hopefully, it will settle some of our concerns about the future. Maybe by the end of this weekend, we’ll feel in control of AI.
There are many events that offer unique insight from industry leading experts on this topic but we decided to focus on these two:
Can There Be AI Art Without Artists?
How to Think—and Lead—in Ways AI Can’t
These two sessions will provide us with unique insight into the philosophical, applicable, and realistic future of artificial intelligence in our society. The first event “Can There Be AI Art Without Artists?” promises to be an exciting thought-provoking discussion about the ever-increasing threat of AI art in modern artists’ life. While I’m sure this event is going to question future creatives’ roles in all industries, it is also important to consider the benefits of how the technologies can impact the art world. Among the questions that are going to be discussed, one is sure to revolve around the topic of the owner of any work of AI art. The key issue of authorship has been a topic of discussion in the art world in the past, but the traditional mindset of, the artist being the sole creator of the artwork, will no longer be the status quo. Is the algorithm, the artist that trained the algorithm, or the creator who prompted it, the real owner of what is produced? The legal and ethical ramifications of this generation’s decision will determine the intellectual property and ownership of many beautiful and horrifying works in the future.
Another issue that this event will explore is the question of creativity. Can AI be truly creative, or is it just replicating existing patterns and styles? While AI can generate impressive artwork, some argue that it lacks the true creativity and imagination of human artists. However, others argue that AI can be a creative tool that inspires artists to push the boundaries of their own creativity. Finally, this event should also explore the economic implications of AI-generated art. With the rise of generative models, it’s essential to consider how this technology can impact the livelihoods of human artists. Will AI-generated art replace human-created art, or will it become a new modality that can coexist alongside traditional art? Can AI-generated art be profitable, and if so, who should benefit financially? This is just one of many events that promise to be a fascinating exploration of the intersection between technology and creativity. This is sure to be the genesis of many future discussions both legally and morally that will plague the art world for the coming months if not years.
Industry leaders are concerned that AI is a threat to the current model of which they work, and how they manage their work force– will there even be a workforce to manage? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We as humans will evolve to work in congruence with AI; it will become a tool to increase knowledge, and productivity, and push the boundaries of innovation more than ever before. I’m not sure how yet, but I hope to find out more at the How to Think—and Lead—in Ways AI Can’t session. This event promises to provide an intriguing perspective on how to utilize AI in roles pertaining to leadership and decision-making. We expect the event’s central theme to be that although AI can be a powerful tool for processing vast amounts of data, but the opposition is that it’s fundamentally incapable of replicating the full breadth and depth of human experience. The speaker, Nick Chatrath, argues that human experience and judgment are essential for effective leadership, and that the ability to think more like a human will become increasingly critical as AI continues to advance. I am excited to learn more about how Chatrath believes human leaders can use their unique skills to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions that reflect the full spectrum of human values. I hope this event will be able to provide the audience with practical advice in ways they can utilize AI to lead in ways they cannot and vice versa. Speaking of the philosophical implications of AI’s effect is fine but I would really look forward to seeing what we can do with AI currently to impact our professional lives and as a result the work we produce. Understanding how AI and humans can work together to achieve better outcomes is crucial, and I am excited to explore these topics at “How to Think—and Lead—in Ways AI Can’t.”
Overall, we’re looking to forward to productive discussions and collaborative workshops around AI this weekend in Austin. Our minds will remain open, and we’ll be challenged to wrap our brains around a future that is not fully ready for us yet as humans. We’re fortunate to experience this evolution that will change humanity and we’re excited to hear from the leaders aspiring to get us there.