#artbyhumans trends as AI takes off
The Future. The hashtag #artbyhumans is starting to trend in the world, hoping to differentiate the work of human artists with that generated by the raft of AI-art platforms that have popped up this year. If the hashtag penetrates popular culture, the hashtag itself may become a marketing tool that denotes something more handcrafted and difficult — like shooting on film or doing your own stunts.
The humans are fighting back against the machines.
- #artbyhumans started popping up to tag works of illustrators and concept artists all over social media — the 2022 version of #no filter.
- Not that it has hit anywhere close to #nofilter numbers — that hashtag has been tagged to 280 million posts and counting, while #artbyhumans is just getting started at 4,500 on Instagram.
- But according to Fast Company, the fast-rising hashtag from artists “reflects a desire to set themselves apart from the onslaught of AI-generated images crawling around social media.”
- It may also be an admission that, yeah, the AI art generated by platforms like DALL-E and Midjourney is good enough to pass as human-made.
Other trending anti-AI hashtags include #notoaigeneratedimages, #humanart, and #noAI.
But when it comes to the threat of AI taking away jobs, artists are a little conflicted.
- Amsterdam-based concept artist Diepfris believes that AI will soon become skilled enough to generate images based on a client’s brief, ultimately making his job obsolete.
- Meanwhile, Melbourne-based illustrator Grant Regan thinks that the complex job of balancing multiple stakeholders’ notes is something only humans can do.
- Washington-based digital artist Jim Rowden has a more bespoke view, saying that there will always be clients who’ll want the maybe-increasingly-rare human touch. It’ll be considered something special.
Will human art one day be a new version of analog? It’s a thought that may make most artists shudder.