On February 14th, artists across the country began attacking server farms across the world to take back their jobs from machine learning algorithms such as DALL-E. Much of the violence is still on going and this is a rapidly developing story.
When OpenAI revealed DALL-E on January 5th 2021 and released the code for the world, most people said ‘Oh neat’ and ‘wow how cool’ but not everyone was so excited. DALL-E is a trained Neural Network which allows the user to create images by specifying just the subject of the image in a text prompt. This algorithm uses GPT-3 which was recently ranked the most hot machine learning model of 2021. For example, below is an illustration of a baby lemur in a wizard hat wielding a blue lightsaber using the prompts on the open-ai website. Cute right? Most think so.
Cute, except for artists around the world who’s livelihood depend on being able to draw industry level baby lemur’s in wizard hats wielding blue lightsabers. To them this isn’t just a cute drawing of a lemur defending the Jedi Temple from Voldemort, yeah I said his name, fight me. To them it’s an existential threat. You wouldn’t imagine the artists of the world would take this news lightly.
Using dark web apps and recently #Canceled social media platforms such as Parler, artists have begun organizing to fight back. As more corporate machines began using the low cost DALL-E algorithm, more artists began starving. Why pay an artist to draw a nice logo or an avocado arm chair when you can just download the code to do it for free? When there isn’t enough time to unionize, there is often a rebellion and that rebellion found DALL-E’s one weakness, image servers. “You can’t train no Neural Network if you don’t have no digita-al images” one artistic rebel stated.
Around the nation, artist guild members active on the dark web forums gathered to take action against massive server farms hosting millions and millions of images. They gathered at America’s iconic working class diner Denny’s near these servers before the invasion. GPT-3 cannot train an algorithm unless it has images to train with. Once those image servers are gone, the modern day artists would regain the means of production and once again secure their corporate jobs.
With fiery speeches and the fear of further destitution, these artists initiated a simultaneous attack. While most server managers were busy finding enough red roses for Valentines day to appease their wives and baby mama’s, these revolutionaries struck. The weekend security staff was no match for the mob of corporate graphical artists fearful for their employment. In many server farm locations, the mob of artists took little time to bypass the low level of security.
Making quick work once past the front desks of these server farms, the angry artists found the image servers and got to work destroying them all. Wielding sledge hammers, chisels, paint brushes, pitch forks, and axes, each server was destroyed in a matter of minutes before the artists moved on to another cluster of servers. The mayhem knew no bounds as the violent mob of artists even destroyed a server of elementary school paintings the second worst art style in the world.
We know it was them because normal web servers were left unaffected while the servers optimized for image hosting stood no chance to these hot and fiery creative types. The insurrection was so intense that they even destroyed a server full of images of paintings of the worst art style in the world, Mark Rothko who posed virtually zero threat to new artists and is considered the worst artist who could ever possibly exist. The damage is considered the complete and historic de-digitalization of art. These events leave many wondering, who set these events in motion? So, why can’t we have art in digital platforms anymore?
What is now being called Neo-Luddism, many artists are rebelling against this industrial foe. For example, in this non-digital gallery, any digital device of visitors are confiscated using TSA matured technology before anyone enters. This ensures the forbidding of any digital copy of any work within the complex. No one even knows what it is like inside without visiting these complexes. The above image is just a re-imagining from a typical art gallery and Ned Ludd showing off his creation as the quickly growing icon of the movement.
It appears the Neo-Luddist movement is taking over the art world and creating underground art venues that attempt to de-digitize new works by removing them from all digital servers and funneling all funding to the real artist. While some may have considered the Neo-Luddist movement extreme during the days of bootlegged copies of Art Gallery books, the dawn of DALL-E has brought many main stream artists to these fringe movements.
It is a tough battle for the NEO-Luddists in their rage against the machine as even this weekend’s victories is only temporary while back up servers are activated to replace the image servers recently destroyed. Maybe they will bring the public to their cause with the media attention, but most domestic terrorist experts expect that this is only the first attack from the Neo-Ludists for their cause.
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