The AI revolution is rapidly changing the world as we know it. From automation in the workplace to robots taking over everyday tasks, it's clear that the advances in artificial intelligence will have a major impact on our lives. This revolution will be much bigger than the internet or mobile revolution, and even more disruptive than the industrial revolution. And while machines of the past could only do technical and receptive tasks, the machines of today can think for us, create for us and make decisions on our behalf. It's essential that we prepare for this drastic change by embracing AI and robots, educating future generations about their capabilities, and learning to use them to create opportunities for everyone involved. With proper preparation, we can ensure that this revolution has a positive outcome for all of us.
It may seem like science fiction, but the reality is that the AI revolution is coming. Experts agree that there's no stopping it and that it will replace many human functions. While there are differing views on when this revolution will happen – some say within a decade, others say it'll take longer – they all agree that it's inevitable. We must prepare ourselves for this drastic change by embracing AI and robots, educating future generations about their capabilities, and learning to use them to create opportunities for everyone involved. With the right preparation, we can make sure this revolution leads to positive outcomes for all of us.
This will be the greatest revolution in human history, with consequences that surpass even the discovery of fire or the invention of the wheel. Since the dawn of time, we have been consumed with finding ways to survive—from hunting for food to sustaining ourselves economically. Despite technological advances, our actions still revolve around ensuring our own survival through whatever means necessary.
Since ancient times, we have identified ourselves by our occupations – not by our hobbies. When people talk about themselves or others, they'll say “I'm an animator,” “You're a dancer,” “She's a lawyer,” or “He's a college principal.” Our hobbies, joys, and passions keep us going throughout life but ultimately it's our professional roles that define us. This has been true since the dawn of civilization when our daily lives revolved around being farmers, hunters, and blacksmiths. In the end, since antiquity, we have been driven by what enables us to survive.
Navigating Turbulent Times: Embracing AI Revolution in the Midst of Uncertainty to Create a Positive Future
I believe in the short term (say, the next 20-30 years) there will be a lot of upheavals. People from all professions will find themselves without any means of livelihood, which is sure to create repercussions. Changes happening at such a fast pace that affects everyone have the power to disrupt the world order, and things are unstable as it is now. If machines eventually do everything and cause drastic unemployment rates raising to tens of percent, it won’t be easy to bear. Opposition against this revolution is expected too, with people striving to resist progress and try to stop it like any other period in history. We won’t easily or quickly surrender AI control over our lives either. Moreover, climate change, military aggression incorporating AI and robots, plus tumultuous politics are likely to generate tremendous unrest in this period. In the near future, we can expect violence, riots, wars, and bloodshed on an immense scale.
In the long run, I'm confident everyone will benefit from AI advances. The global economy is likely to be restructured in this new job market, where robots and AI systems do the work while humans mostly enjoy rest. The current capitalist system may change or disappear altogether, but it's certain that no one will have to labor full-time anymore – a five-day eight-hour work week becoming an antique relic of history much like slavery is deemed unnecessary today. In this utopian future, our professions won't define us anymore; for the first time ever in human history, one won't have to work for a living (at least not as extensively). We'll all have endless free time to spend however we please – initiating thoughts on how art and culture will advance and what kind of creativity may emerge from this era. Many around me express worries about these matters, but I'm incredibly positive about them (in the remote future).
At present, there are more realistic oil painters than ever before – many of whom pursue art as a hobby and find it hard to make a living from it, while some manage to turn this into a profession. It appears unnecessary when we already have cameras that can do the job, or so we think. Artificial intelligence (AI) is not necessary either when all of us possess phones with cameras that seem capable of replacing paintings.
The Camera as Enabler: Exploring How Art Continues to Evolve in the Digital Age
When the camera was invented, painters all over the world worried that their days were numbered and that they no longer had a place in society. Surprisingly, however, the camera had exactly the opposite effect on art – it accelerated its progress and opened up new forms of expression. Classic artistic media such as impressionism, expressionism, abstract, and surrealism still remain relevant today. Artists can now create performances or installations to express their ideas. Photography and video production are now common practices; not only do we have graphic novels and digital illustrations, but also a cinema, television series, computer games, and virtual reality applications – each providing unique windows into our imaginations. Newer commercial uses include ads, brochures, profile films, and architectural design projects. Music videos combine different forms of visual expression to create something entirely new – VJing has become another way of expressing oneself artistically.
The invention of the camera did not mark the death of art, as some had feared. Rather, it heralded an explosion of new artistic works and opportunities. Realistic painting has especially seen a revival in recent times; more people than ever before are engaged with this form of art, whether as creators or consumers. The art itself is not dead – rather, it continues to evolve and diversify, providing even more ways for artists to express themselves.
Unlimited Creativity: The Eternal Pursuit of Art in a Technological Age
We, artists and creators, are infinitely inventive, with or without technology. It is our human need to create and consume works of art that could be considered as essential as eating or drinking – life without culture, art, creation, and pleasure simply isn't living. If we were deprived of television, cinema, music, theater, illustration, painting, sculpture, animation, poetry, literature, dance, sports, thought-provoking ideas, and entertainment activities we would rather shrivel up and die.
In the future, creating will become less about making a living and more about a source of joy. We'll be able to use traditional methods like oil painting, or modern tools such as Zbrush and AI systems, in addition to the range of technologies currently available – from cameras to 3D printers, digital drawing applications to animation software. Some will opt for completely manual processes while others incorporate advanced tools such as Mid journey (or even more sophisticated ones) into their creative pursuits – unleashing possibilities yet unknown, just as the camera and computer did before.
AI systems may be able to do everything more quickly and accurately than any human, but what's the point? Painting with a camera still exists alongside realistic painting; theater has survived despite the arrival of cinema and television; classic animation and stop-motion have co-existed with 3D; pencil drawings continue to be produced in spite of Photoshop; clay sculptures haven't gone extinct due to 3D printing; printed books still exist amid Kindles, screens, the Internet and smartphones; horses remain popular even though we now have cars which can outperform them in races. Even Lionel Messi isn't out of work despite Boston Dynamics' robots being far more accurate at kicking goals than him.
These things will still exist in the age of AI, as they give us value, both as creators and viewers. We won't have to work full-time to survive, so we'll have more time to engage in activities solely for pleasure. We'll still have a need for them—to create, appreciate human creations, fill our lives with content and challenge ourselves—all of which are purely human needs and not related to money.
These forms of expression will also have an audience. People will be even more eager for them when everything else is synthetic; something created by humans still has its own unique value that can never be replicated by machines. This could even lead to a higher price tag on certain items if money works the same way in the future.
The Human Element: Finding Value in Art and Culture in a Technological Age
We already see it now: we may be over-saturated with Midgerani “works,” yet are still far more excited about those which have been truly put together by human hands (or digitally). At Midgerani we're mostly left amazed—or disgusted—by technology. In human creations, we appreciate the artistry and technical skill, cultural contexts, creative process, degree of effort, originality, creativity, and the connection between creator and creation. That's why videos of people creating something get so much attention; we crave that same connection with whoever made them. This is reflected in our celebrity culture; we want to know all the stories behind singers, actors, artists, or athletes we admire. We long to gossip about their personal lives; watch interviews with them; follow their posts; understand their backgrounds; evaluate their works in light of history; consider what their works' contexts mean—and listen to what they themselves have to say. It's this which bestows extra value on their creations.
These human needs will not go away as time moves on, but in fact, become more valued—especially in an increasingly synthetic world. We will still be drawn to people and their stories, from Jennifer Lawrence to Essie Cohen, from Static and Ben-El to Nuno, from Omer Adam to Kanye West, from Steven Spielberg to Wes Anderson, from David O'Reilly to Gennady Tarkovsky, from Hayao Miyazaki to Henry Slick, from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol, Mala Goldberg And Dalia Rabikovitch, from Elon Musk to Lionel Messi. We identify with them; our feelings and thoughts are triggered by them. AI systems simply cannot evoke the same response.
In the future I imagine, creativity will be borne out of a need and passion rather than necessity. It won't be easy but if we're able to navigate the challenges as we have in the past—then maybe a utopian society awaits us after all.
Creative work will still be valued in the age of AI, as it offers something unique and irreplaceable that technology can never replicate. We will still be drawn to creative works and stories created by humans, connecting with them on an emotional level. These human needs won’t go away but will become even more valued, allowing us to explore the potential of a utopian society in the future. Audiences will remain eager and captivated by human-made content, appreciating the ingenuity, creativity, effort, and originality that goes into it. As demands for creative works increase, so too will its value — creating an evolving ecosystem of artistry and creation in which we can truly