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AI and Creative Work

AI and Your Creative Work: Perils and Promise [Live Workshop]

Everyone is all verklempt over artificial intelligence and machine learning.

verklempt (fǝr’klempt), adj. overcome with emotion.

To some, AI represents a brilliant technological revolution that benefits civilization in seemingly limitless ways. To others, AI portends the potential to destroy the livelihoods of creatives, spread misinformation, and accelerate cybercrime.

The reality is somewhere in between, at the moment.

On one hand, AI most certainly can help you push the boundaries of your creativity without undermining your originality. It can provide you with a way to generate new ideas and unlock sources of inspiration you may not have considered. It can automate time-consuming tasks giving you more time to create more work.

On the other hand, AI could lead you to infringe unwittingly someone else’s creative work or mislead your audience or customers as to who really created the work they are consuming. Your authenticity could be at risk. Over reliance on AI could cause you to lose your originality if you use it as a crutch to generate creative work.

AI – Ain’t Nothing But a Tool

The bottom line is that AI is a tool. A tool with many applications. The question is, which application of AI is going to benefit your creative practice?

Think about the number of apps in the Apple Store. How many of those apps do you use? In fact, how many do you have on your phone that you actually use?

Just like those apps in the app store or on your phone, you need to decide whether and how you’re going to use AI in your creative business.

In this month’s workshop, we’re going to explore:

  • how AI works (in understandable language)
  • AI tools currently available for creatives and their best uses
  • the limitations of the available AI tools
  • how AI tools can be “fine-tuned” to serve your individual creative business needs
  • the copyright implications of AI generated work
  • the possibilities for future AI applications

This workshop is being offered as a stand alone opportunity. You do not have to be a member of the Creative Law Center to attend it (members will have access, of course, and need not purchase the workshop separately). You’ll get an email with the Zoom link for Wednesday, February 15th at 1 p.m., ET once you sign up. You will have access to the replay for a year. (After that, I expect the information will be sorely dated.)

This is a live, interactive workshop using Zoom. You will be able to ask questions in real time, so bring your list.

I’m not an AI expert, but I have been studying up.

Don’t Agonize Over AI, Learn About It.

AI and machine learning are here to stay. Humans have a hard time getting rid of things they invent once those inventions prove remotely useful . . . the wheel, gunpowder, the printing press, nuclear power, capitalism . . . whether truly beneficial or truly destructive.

It’s our job to manage this new technology, each in our own way. And to do that, we have to understand its best uses for us as individual creatives.

Join us on February 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

About the Author

Kathryn Goldman helps small business people, writers, artists, and creative professionals make a living from their creative work by teaching them how to protect and enforce their rights. She is an attorney who writes these posts to help you be more thoughtful about intellectual property and the law as you build your business, write your stories, and create your art.