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The Intersection of Art and AI

Whether we like it or not, students everywhere are using AI tools to their advantage. When it comes to media contests, some have allowed AI-generated art to compete, and even to win (like at the Colorado State Fair), so long as artists follow rules and divulge their use of technology. Others have prohibited the use of AI and answer the question of ‘how will we know?’ by including “digital analysts” and a “research team” in the judging process (World Press Photo). 


After much deliberation, the Courageous RI Youth Media Contest leaders have decided to allow young artists to use AI in their creative process, so long as it is disclosed. While this may be controversial, we know that AI isn’t going anywhere, and we must admit that if we were to prohibit it, we may not always be able to discern its impact on students’ submissions. Because of its novelty, we, as teachers and role-models, must commit to learning this new technology alongside the younger generations. 



Ask AI about AI in the Creative Process

In the spirit of acceptance and collaboration, I asked Chat GPT for its opinion on AI-generated art competing with human-generated art, and while it didn’t answer the question directly, it did say something interesting: 


"While AI showcases algorithmic ingenuity and limitless possibilities, human artists bring emotional depth and subjective interpretation to their creations. Judges navigate this dynamic interplay, evaluating the fusion of technology and human expression. The result is a vibrant dialogue, reshaping artistic landscapes and inspiring collaborative ventures that redefine the boundaries of creative excellence."


This is exactly the nuance we believe our lack of constraints in the Courageous Youth Media Contest requires. Media educators must not be afraid of technology, but embrace it, and learn alongside students in order to continue to provide much needed guidance and education in media literacy. 

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