Mimic anime art generator
Released: August 2022
Mimic is an anime-style art generator developed by Japanese software developer Radius5 on which artists can upload and customise their work to produce artwork in their own illustration style.
A backlash accompanied by the hashtag 'AI学習禁止' ('No AI Learning'), quickly followed Mimic's beta release in August 2022, with artists and illustrators complaining that Mimic would cheapen the art form and be used to recreate artists’ work without their permission.
Automaton notes that although some artists admitted the rise of AI art generators is inevitable and could be useful, if used appropriately, a good number expressed concerns about the future of their industry and jobs as AI takes further root.
In addition, some artists opined that the value of art as a whole will likely be damaged by AI-generated art, because it lacks the 'warmth' and 'soul' that artists put into their work.
Purpose: Generate illustrations
Technology: Image generator
Issue: Copyright; Employment
Transparency: Governance; Black box