A German artist has sparked an offended row after profitable a prestigious pictures prize with an entry that was generated by synthetic intelligence.
Boris Eldagsen ultimately rejected the gong from the Sony World Photography Awards after concluding that such competitions weren’t but geared up to deal with AI entries.
The awards organisers initially accused the artist of “misleading” behaviour, however eliminated the accusation from a later assertion after a livid reply from Eldagsen on Tuesday.
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Sony World Photography Awards introduced Eldagsen’s entry — a sepia-toned picture of two girls entitled “Pseudomnesia: The Electrician” — because the winner of its inventive class in mid-March.
Eldagsen gave interviews on the time explaining how he had made the work and saying he wished to spark a debate over AI.
However, he wrote final week that “AI images and photography should not compete with each other in an award like this” and rejected the prize.
“I applied as a cheeky monkey, to find out if the competitions are prepared for AI images to enter. They are not,” he wrote.
The awards physique mentioned in its preliminary response that it had been wanting ahead to participating the artist in a dialogue about AI however had withdrawn the work “in keeping with his wishes”.
Its assertion added: “Given his actions and subsequent statement noting his deliberate attempts at misleading us, and therefore invalidating the warranties he provided, we no longer feel we are able to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue with him.”
But Eldagsen wrote on his web site that it was “nonsense” to recommend the awards physique had been keen to interact.
“They had so many options to use this for good. They used none of them,” he wrote, accusing them of ignoring questions from the media and different photographers.
The organisers later despatched an edited model of the assertion to AFP eradicating the accusation that they’d been misled however insisting they’d been ready to interact with Eldagsen and the AI debate.