In the world of AI (Artificial Intelligence) Art, and NFT Art, there are some who believe that sort of machine-made Art is fakery, and it, therefore, does not quantify as an aesthetic effort, while others, like me, see the rise of AI in Art, and Writing, and Science, as only a good thing — at least for now, before AI inevitably becomes our Overlord — as our ability as a Human Race continues to find new ways extend our originality of imagination. Take, for example, the following set of images where I asked the Midjourney Bot V4, to create a “treehouse neighborhood in a big city.”

Here are more returns from that “treehouse urban core” AI Bot prompt, and these flowing ideas are playful, challenging, and perceptive, on a plane I did not comprehend, but now understand:

My fascination with these AI images from Midjourney extend beyond just the humiliation in creation — feeding text ideas into a machine, and having beautiful Art shot back in your incredulous face — it all helps me learn how to create whole new ideas just from “what if?”

I share some of my AI Art on social media, to the concern, and consternation, of many of my NFT Artist friends who do not believe AI Art is “real Art.”

Some of those friends think AI Art is not “real Art” because a computer is involved in the development, and I answer that accusation by asking, “What Art is New Art?”

All Art across history has been influenced by what came before, so if you aren’t living in a cave thousands of years ago, and painting on the cave walls with fire ash, and scraped pigment, then you’re really only regurgitating, as an Artist what you have already seen, and experienced before, and that fact is, for some creators, a rugged reality check against their perceptive innovation.

Instead of fighting AI Art, those artists should embrace the technology — the same way writers moved from pencil on paper, to typewriters, to word processors, to AI Text interventions — the end result is the same: Enhanced propagation of ideas.

Artists have been copying, and stealing, from each other for centuries. Just look at the work Leonardo da Vinci did with mirrors and you’ll know the effect of inspiration is not new, and was never real always.

Sure, some of these AI Art interventions appear odd, and even gruesome, but sometimes there is a magic added to the soul of an image that makes the process different, changed, exemplary, and actually intriguing.

And then we soldier forward together — wondering what beauty shall next befell us — and we, the unwitting, and the unwise, are always astounded by what we could not yet wildly imagine.

AI also allows us to reach into recent antiquity to remake what was once lost; what was never to be held again; what was never to be determined beyond the dead past.

We can, with AI, create our own enchantments and incantations.

Where once we had to find external pleasure for purchase, we can now make our own desires real, and intentional.

Sometimes revenge is even more delicious when enhanced with an AI sweetener to create the depths of hatred, and despair, that a longing situation creates for the misbegotten.

AI can even travel us back to a childhood — and remake what once was, comprehensive, valuable, and reliable, again.

AI is here to stay.

We cannot escape our new, artificial, reality, and that means we need to find ways to exploit AI before it begins its inevitable travel downward to control the all of us.

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