Hayao Miyazaki Has An Intense Reaction To AI Art

The Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli co-founder says that he will never apply AI art to his work and that the art form is an insult to life itself.

Hayao Miyazaki is not a fan of AI-generated art. The talented director of The Wind Rises, Howl’s Moving Castle, spirit Kiki’s Delivery Service, Miyazaki is the ultimate advocate of hand-drawn animation. This long, painstaking process sees results once the whole project is said and done. Artificial intelligence is now being used to take most of the time and pain away from artists, making visual art a feat anyone can easily accomplish.

In a video resurfaced by Twitter user Tofu Pixel, the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki is presented with a display of AI animation at work. The presentation argues that animation produced by artificial intelligence will bring ideas no human mind can think of. Vexed by the bold statement, Miyazaki makes it clear that not only would he never use this technology in his work, but the technology is an insult to life itself. The video ends with the proposal of a machine that can draw pictures like humans. See Miyazaki’s reaction to artificial intelligence animation below:


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There’s no doubt in the ambition of creating a machine that does artists’ work. And it could be argued against Miyazaki that the invention is the work of an artisan. Blood, sweat, and tears may have been put into such an endeavour. However, the concept is daunting and, to many working artists, very much an insult to art itself.

Art is a creative outlet that transfers ideas, experience, and pain from one’s mind to canvas. The concept of a machine making art is a deletion of that much-needed middleman and dehumanizes the process. The artist in this scenario, the machine, isn’t drawing from attributes that make art so honestly human but from ones and zeros alone. In defense of Miyazaki, the machine has no truth to tell and no need for an outlet. As said before, there’s more to be admired about the creation of the machine itself, but dire questions about its art arise: What story, what truth, is being told here?

While it’s not hard to admire the ingenuity put into such a machine, it’s easier to sympathize with Miyazaki’s defense of art. Yes, a machine that draws like a human could quicken the process, but the joy and gratification of art come from the process. The story’s told and found through the process, and a machine that draws like a human completely eradicates creativity. AI art may have a place in projects that have no interest in the ecstasy found in the process of creation, but to artists like MiyazakiAI art is borderline blasphemy.

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