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AI, Augmentation and Art
  • ISSN: 2633-8793
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Abstract

Computational creativity is a growing component of new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that allow a machine to render creative constructs such as music, text and images. A rapidly growing area of computational creativity is AI text-to-image engines capable of producing realistic imagery that can now meet the standard of human quality outputs. DALL-E 2, built by OpenAI, is a leader in the field and offers commercial access to AI-produced images. To understand the impact of engines such as DALL-E 2 on advertising agencies and their creative workflows, we conducted a series of focus groups with Aotearoa, New Zealand-based advertising agencies exploring creative practitioners’ considerations on the capability of the DALL-E 2 text-to-image technology. An existing Volkswagen advertising campaign called ‘Small but Ferocious’ that used ‘blended’ animals as a visual metaphor for their economical yet powerful ‘TSI’ engines was expanded in a ‘faux’ continuation of the campaign. Four new images produced by DALL-E 2 were presented to creatives attending the focus groups. Participants were then asked about these new creative-AI assets concerning image quality, creative production and collaborative models. A thematic analysis of the comments from the focus groups was conducted and elicited three themes: and . Participants’ responses revealed that they were both excited and concerned about DALL-E 2’s capability in image production, its effect on creative workflows and the role of the human vs. machine in generating creative outputs. The result was a clear sense of inevitability for how creative roles will change as computational creativity systems, such as DALL-E 2, advance and are adopted into agency workflows.

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