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Human uses AI to win art competition, fooling judges and angering current artists

Jason Allen lives in Colorado, and last week lit the fuse on a debate that’s going to run and run: he used AI software to create art, submitted it to the Colorado State Fair fine arts (opens in new tab) competition, and took first prize. Needless to say, some people don’t like the idea.

There are a few important facts to note. Allen did kind of acknowledge what he’d done, in crediting his submissions as being by “Jason Allen via Midjourney,” and also spent considerable time working on the prompts to produce the eventual artworks: “many weeks” he says. He also worked further on the images Midjourney created in Photoshop, so they are manually finished.

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