With the coming of World Creativity and Innovation Day, one can’t stop thinking about what those two words mean in this stage of our history, when we still don’t know the ways in which AI breakthroughs will impact society. The debate around tools such as ChatGPT or DALL-E makes one question the relationship between creativity and feeling, between innovation and passion, and between unreality and humanity.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting the Gagosian art gallery in New York to see in person an exhibit on photographs generated through AI and «created» by Bennett Miller, the film director. While Xan and I strolled through the hall, we noted the curious beauty and mysticism that emanating from these images, but we also talked about the meaning of an exhibit that embraces the notion that creativity and innovation can walk alone, without there being a person behind them to execute them and bring to life to a work of art. Curiously, Miller’s public reflection (by way of the exhibit) is born out of a documentary project about the role of technology in our perception of reality, and I understand that it was created, among other things, to make us think about that.
During these days when publishing news abound to celebrate Book Day, once wishes that, despite everything, we can continue to be ourselves, sensitive beings, beings who are thrilled reading the stories told by the sensitive beings who write them, taking care of each one of their words with the same affection with which we care for those sensitive beings whom we love…The possibility that AI develops the capacity to be like us makes my stomach turn.