I don’t know about the novelty, but via Astral Codex Ten, here is an AI artwork characterized as showing “hidden but obvious spirals.” I agree with the obvious, not with the hidden.
I have to admit, I quite like this image. I find it surreal in an appealing way. But why would anybody characterize the spirals as “hidden”?
Now, this next one is supposed to show “hidden but obvious text,” and this is really interesting because this time I’m like, it must be well hidden, because I can’t see it. So this time, I’m saying the text may be hidden, but it is not obvious — at least, not to me.
Can anybody see the text? What does it say? Can you tell me where to look? All I see is a capital “N” at the top, and I’m not sure about that.
I’m not as opposed to AI art as AI text, which is (I’m very aware) because I’m a text generator myself, not an art generator. But I’m pretty sure I will never use AI-generated cover art for a book because (a) AI text generation definitely plagiarizes, so I’m quite willing to assume that AI art generators plagiarize as well; and (b) KDP asks you to declare that your books are free of AI-generated content (they permit, at least for now, “AI-assisted content,” and here is where they describe what they mean by these terms). Given this requirement, I’m 100% for sure not at all remotely tempted to use any cover generated by AI, and not only that, I’m asking cover artists to tell me flatly that they aren’t generating covers using AI tools so that I have a paper trail if necessary.
I didn’t bother for the Invictus cover artist because after all, that video where he shows the creation of the cover is pretty conclusive. No AI tools in use there. I would bet that cover artists are all going to be getting this question and all the reputable ones will be putting statements on their websites about it. I mean, I sure would. You know what else? I would produce videos just like the artist who did the Invictus cover to prove that I was doing the art myself. Maybe not for every cover I made because that would be a headache, but for enough to make it clear that I was an actual artist for real.