That's a very good reason I don't have any sympathy at all. The majority of artists are openly willing to use their skills to push agendas most of the public finds repulsive and have a long history of gatekeeping against anyone they don't approve of. Stripping that power away is a good thing for literally everyone other than them and standing against AI is entirely self-serving. No matter what the points they bring up, most of those who are angry ultimately betray that this is really about power, influence, and status. All of which they have long denied to indisputably real artists
they disliked. @Color Anon
I agree. Except for the piss. @evan555alpha
The machine learning stuff that gets posted to this site is often very good. In fact, some of the best images I have seen on here were under it.
for instance, is one of my favorites on this site.
In general I can understand, though. A lot of AI art in the broader world feels like the kind of art you see hanging in a hotel room. It's not necessarily bad, but it doesn't have much inherent value, and the ease of making it and the novelty of it has made it a little more prevalent than it probably deserves to be. I don't use social media, but if I kept seeing hotel wall paintings posted everywhere, I would get annoyed.
As for how people talk about making it; I wouldn't call making AI art to be an artistic act, but it does take a level of skill and I don't think it's unreasonable for people to take some pride in doing it. A lot of people are over-enthusiastic because they're themselves impressed by what they're getting.
On a deeper level, I'm not even sure I would call AI art art. Then again, I don't think all fields of accepted art are art, like photography. I have always seen art as more of a creative, imaginative field. When the act of creation is mostly of a technical nature, like photography or AI, it doesn't strike me as the same thing. That doesn't mean it is lesser, though. People on both sides are defensive about the word art in a way that isn't really productive. Maybe we need a different term for tech-art like AI, photography, shaders, fractals, and some kinds of 3D. It's one of those things — people often call things that are really well-engineered "art," but would you rather drive over a bridge described as artistic or engineered?