I did a little more exploring with perplexity.ai because of a recent article in MJSA Journal about using AI to design jewelry. Since there have been many news articles about fake AI images of famous people and other abuses it took me a bit by surprise that MJSA was endorsing AI design. What I’ve read about AI ‘engines’ is that they essentially steal copyrighted work from the internet to train the software, with the intention of making money from it either by ads or subscriptions.
So I ‘asked’ perplexity.ai how you can design jewelry with AI and got a detailed answer, but not necessarily a complete picture. For example, it said that Adobe Illustrator has AI design functionality, but no mention was made of source - one’s own images or images copied from others’ work on the internet.
There was also a link to AI designer software which I looked into and got quite a surprise, though it shouldn’t have been from what news articles have been saying.
Here is actual software one can use to generate designs: AI Jewelry Generator: Designing Jewelry with AI from Concept to Creation in 4 Steps | Fotor
If you scroll down to where there is a ‘sapphire’ and ‘diamond’ ring in ‘yellow gold’, at least to my eye it looks like a real and very well done photograph, not a computer rendering. Closer examination seems to show that some prong tips over the ‘sapphire’ are irregular, but only on close study. That’s really an amazing result from just asking an image to be generated using words not drawing tools.
Further down the page shows that the program can also generate fake faces, and presumably could also use faces of real people taken from the internet. And has been.
It is one thing to read about this in news articles, and another to see that basically anyone with an internet connection can do this, and that the functionality is based upon copyrighted work taken without license. I would add, by a tech industry that has habitually done whatever it pleases without regard to laws and basic decency, but that’s editorializing on my part.
For now using this kind of software will only generate an image, and it is still up to a person to actually make the piece, but I think it will not be long before AI software can take an image of a jeweler’s work and convert it to an .stl file for 3D printing and casting - copying.
If MJSA is advocating AI design in its journal then I’m really late to the party and very surprised. Things are happening incredibly quickly. I wonder if this will cause another Arts & Crafts movement the way industrialization did 100 years ago. Or where this is going.