I’ve recently had two experiences with AI. I’ve tried it as a Google-like search tool, and I’m seeing how artists are using AI to jumpstart their writing. Both are worth considering, but you need to proceed with caution.
When you use an AI chatbot to ask just about any question, you’ll get what seems to be a thoughtful answer. The chatbot’s response comes in an instant, nicely packaged in short paragraphs, or even a list of steps. In contrast, when you use a search engine like Google, you have to sort and sift, and choose the answers that sound credible to you. It’s a messy process, but you learn as you go.
The chatbot’s instant response is more efficient, certainly. But it creates the illusion that this is the truth, even though it’s just the result of a sophisticated algorithm looking for answers on the internet. Your own brain is left out of the process, since you’ve avoided the real research, where you struggle to refine and sharpen your inquiry.
Artists are also using AI to help them write about their art, again with mixed results. Sometimes it will stimulate your own thinking process, give you new ideas and new language, or just jump start your own writing. But when you delegate the process of thinking about the meaning of your art, you can end up with a superficial statement that sounds good but says little.
All creative work is a messy process of discovery, experiment, risk and reward, a long path toward finding your own voice. When I asked my chatbot about the creative process, it actually agreed with me: “it is essential to remain open to inspiration and exploration throughout the creative journey.”
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.