So almost every week, without even looking for it, I see advancements of AI in my feed. It feels like it's getting exponentially better and that the people working on it are drinking coffee nonstop to get this out...
I saw this in my feed yesterday and it seems the end is neared than I thought. Sure, it looks pretty crap so far, but it was the same with 2D art. It feels like in one maybe two years you will be able to make a whole environment that would take months for a team of artists to make in just an hour or so
I am a 3D artist, started this journey almost 5 years ago from nothing, with no artistic background and been doing this professionally for two years. This job gives me my confidence and it would be devastating to me if I got replaced by an unfeeling machine. I can do some concepting and have made some pretty unique hard surface stuff for my client but most of the stuff that I make is made after concept art or an image, exactly the kind of stuff AI can replicate.
Let's say you are making a WW2 game. Why pay an artist to model an STG 44 if you can just tell the AI to model it for you in two seconds? Oh, you are making fictional, highly realistic WW2 weapons? Just feed the AI images of WW2 weapons and tell it to make something similar. Making a sci fi game? Why pay an artist if you can just feed the AI examples of sci fi guns that you like and it will just spit out an excellent result in no time?
I do hard surface and I can't draw. Before this crazy AI stuff got so advanced I figured I could learn how to draw and paint if I ever lost my job but it seems like AI is going to take that away too, at least entry level jobs. It would take me at least three years to get somewhat decent. A year ago the AI couldn't do all the stuff it does now, who knows where it will get in just one or two years? If I have to leave the art world soon, it would take me at least a couple of years to get into another field and if you can replace a high skill job like an artist, you can probably replace other stuff too! I am just a human, and while I think I'm reasonably bright, I'm not a 150 IQ genius or even 130. I can't keep up with this.