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3D printing may well be the future of physical picture frames and canvas prints. What could be more simple than pressing a button and waiting for your 3D printed frame to finish to hang on the wall? But, what of the images in the picture frames. Should we take them ourselves or have someone else produce them? Or how about have a computer do it? The future of a physical photo and painting may be destined to doom.....
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As computing power gets more advanced and A.I becomes more scary the world is going to see a vast change in the photography and art industry. Let's put it like this. There is a very good chance that you have read an article on the internet that is entirely written by a computer. This article was written by a computer, and companies such as Narrative Science offer solutions to allow this to happen.
Granted sports reports and news stories are not necessarily hard to compose, but photographs, really? Well, did you know that 75% of the images in the IKEA catalogue are computer generated? CGI rendered at extremely high resolutions. Well, if they can do it in the movies, why not still images for a company catalogue?
Creating images out of nothing.
Facebook recently announced that it can generate images from practically nothing and fool people 40% of the time that its real. Google also announced that they can generate some quite weird and wonderful images from their neural network. While all this looks very "meh!" now, the speed at which computing power moves, it may not be long before something significant is created and once companies see that they can save money on a photographer, well, what use is a photographer?
While this may not happen in our lifetime advancements in computing mean that art and photography may well, in the future, be left up to innovative and creative individuals to create things computers cannot. Plus, imagine going to an art exhibition and saying " Oh yeah, this is an original Dell rendered on a 4K screen, the pixel strokes are just amazing" or "My favourite photographer these days is that whatshisname..........Google"
All we need now is a holo deck type thing and a...............wait......................what?
Oh, I give up. Star Trek is real. Where are the Vulcans and Klingons?
Wont somebody think of the children?
So what do you think the future holds for the photography and art industries? Can we keep up? Do we all become graphic artists/photographers, plying a trade in the virtual instead of the real? What will the world of art be for our kids? Let us know in the comments below.